4th July 2016

With the news that Caroline Aherne is the latest celebrity to die from cancer this year (others include Victoria Wood, David Bowie, Terry Wogan, Alan Rickman, and Johan Cruyff), you may be forgiven for thinking cancer equals certain death.

However, this is far from the case. The latest statistics from Cancer Research UK show that survival rates are 50% – the first time the figures have ever been this high – but, of course, that doesn’t stop a diagnosis of cancer being incredibly scary. The good news is WHISC is here to help.

For example, Cancer Research UK recommends relaxation as a coping strategy and we are happy to offer our range of Complementary Therapies to help you find peace of mind. Our therapies include Reiki, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Thai Massage, and Ayurvedic Massage amongst many more. We also have a Relaxation class on Tuesdays, 3.15-4.15pm.

Cancer Research UK also recommends exercise and, again we have this covered. Included in our Weekly Programme, we offer Yoga on Wednesdays (noon-1pm) and Tai Chi on Thursdays (6-7pm), and there is also our Women Only Walking Group on the last Tuesday of every month (meeting at 10.30am).

Another thing Cancer Research UK recommends is talking to people. Here at WHISC we offer short-term, person centred, counselling. You can refer yourself to one of our counsellors by dropping in to see us at our Bold Street premises or contacting us via the phone.

Of course, the best thing would be to avoid getting cancer in the first place if at all possible! Amongst the causes of cancer that Cancer Research UK list are smoking, obesity, and alcohol. These topics are amply covered in our Women’s Health Training Course. The course starts in February and September every year, running on a Monday for 16 weeks. We also run Cancer Awareness sessions covering all forms of female cancers. The training sessions are offered to community groups or your place of work.

For more information about any of the above, please contact us but, if you have an immediate concern, please always visit your GP first.

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