City cycles & walks mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust’s Cycle for Health and Walk for Health initiatives are showing support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

To help mark the launch of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, on Monday 29th September Cycle for Health launched a month of awareness activities taking place around the city by asking members of their cycling group to wear pink t-shirts on some of their regular cycle routes around the city.

The first cycle group set off from Liverpool Cricket Club, on a route through Otterspool, along the promenade, to the Albert Dock and back again, each wearing pink t-shirts carrying the breast cancer awareness message, “Big or Small, Check ‘Em All”.

Over the coming days, the Trust’s Walk for Health groups will also be wearing pink t-shirts on their regular health walks around the city’s parks and open spaces to help raise greater awareness of breast cancer.
You can join a guided Walk for Health session for Breast Cancer Awareness on either Wednesday 8th October for the Albert Dock Walk (starting at 12.00am) or on Friday 10th October for the Liverpool Museum Walk (starting at 11.00am).

Both of these walks will set off from the Health Information Centre, on Hanover Street in Liverpool City Centre. You can just turn up to take part.
Maureen Sayer, Health Promotion Specialist for the Trust, will also be giving the cyclists and walking groups some simple information and tips on how to be breast aware before they set off on their routes.

Gavin McLaughlin, Cycle for Health Coordinator, Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust explains:

“Our Cycle for Health and Walk for Health groups decided we wanted to do something to help support awareness around breast cancer during this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“So during October, staff, volunteers and participants from our cycling and walking groups will be wearing pink t-shirts during their cycle and walk sessions to raise awareness of important breast cancer awareness messages, and give people the best chance of spotting and beating the illness.”

Breast cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in the UK. Around 136 women are diagnosed with it every single day, but the disease also affects around 400 men every year too.

Thanks to improved research and treatment, breast cancer survival rates are at their highest in 40 years. However, more awareness about how to spot the early signs and symptoms is still needed in order to give people the very best chance of survival.

To find out more about getting involved in a Cycle for Health sessions, including times and locations, call Cycle for Health on: 0151 295 3238 or to find out more about joining a Walk for Health session, call Walk for Health on: 0151 295 3256

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