FCN AND MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS CANCER CARE INEQUALITIES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

“I am immensely proud to say we are in partnership with The Farming Community Network, to make life better for rural communities”Anton Morgan-Thorne, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Today (10th July 2024), The Farming Community Network (FCN) held a reception at The Great Yorkshire Show with Macmillan Cancer Support to highlight a new partnership to improve cancer awareness and support for people in farming and rural communities.

The reception was kindly hosted by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

FCN is taking a collaborative approach to supporting people with cancer in farming and rural communities, and will be working in partnership with Macmillan and with many other stakeholders to help to address cancer health inequalities and make a real difference.

FCN’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jude McCann, who spoke at the reception, said: “We are delighted to be working with Macmillan Cancer Support to help to tackle health inequalities in farming and rural communities when it comes to cancer care and support. We need to work as a collective to try and help people to realise that the sooner they get checked and receive the treatment, the better the outcomes.”

Farmers, farm workers and people living in rural communities can have lower access to cancer services and support due to the nature of their work and rural life in often isolated areas.

Farmers can be particularly at-risk of certain types of cancer – such as skin cancer, prostate cancer, or cancers caused by exposure to carcinogens.

This project hopes to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage early intervention and treatment.

Learn more about this project: https://fcn.org.uk/cancersupport/

If you would like to work with FCN in delivering this project and raising awareness of cancer in farming/rural communities, please email alex@fcn.org.uk

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