Thamesmead Health Centre organised a Cancer Awareness Day at Greenwich Islamic Centre as part of Men’s Health Week 2015 on Friday 12th June 2015, having delivered a very successful Diabetes Awareness Day the week before.

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys, whilst challenging men with healthy living goals.

Thamesmead Health Centre reached out to the local community, and the Cancer Awareness Day was well attended with hundreds of worshippers from the Mosque flocking to the representatives to find out about the various types of cancer, such as prostate, testicular and cancer of the colon, as well as the methods of detection and support available for sufferers.

Ismail Jama, Community Health Worker and Health Care Assistant at Thamesmead Health Centre coordinate the event and was on hand to deliver advice and leaflets.

Jasbinder Kang, Cancer Awareness & Outreach Officer at Greenwich Public Health and Well-being talked with many individuals about prevention measures and received great interest on the day about Healthy Eating, Cancer and Healthy Lifestyles.

Farid Masror, Winchat Pharmacy Manager and Co-stop Smoking Specialist Advisor delivered expert advice on how to quit smoking for good as well as raising awareness about the risks of cancer diagnosis associated with smoking.

Thamesmead Health Centre will be delivering similar awareness days and activities at other places of worship and community centres around the local area where there are high population footfalls, strategically disseminating information in a very relevant and community centric approach.

Special thanks to Greenwich Islamic Centre’s Adel Khaireh (Youth Project Coordinator) and Zakariya Gale (photographer/videographer).