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We raise awareness of breast cancer through our public health talks programme. Our team of trained public health volunteers deliver talks, helping us spread our key messages on early detection and prevention in communities across the UK.
Our talks can be delivered online or in person to private, public and voluntary organisations including workplaces, local community groups, religious groups, voluntary organisations, universities and professional networks.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. Around 55,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.
We know our talks help raise awareness of breast cancer, give people the confidence to check themselves regularly and recognise any new and unusual changes that should get checked by their GP.
To anyone considering booking a Public Health talk, I’d say absolutely do it. You may think you already know about breast cancer, especially if you’re a woman, but there will definitely be some surprises.
If we get the opportunity to have another talk, I’d love to extend the invitation to more people within our organisation. I think it’s so important to keep these things at the front of people’s minds.
Even though it was quite a serious subject, the talk focused on positive steps you can take to be breast aware, but also how to manage the situation if you do find symptoms of breast cancer.
A public health talk covers important information about breast cancer, including:
A talk usually lasts between 30 to 40 minutes and we would encourage time for questions afterwards.
Anyone can be affected by breast cancer. Our public health talks are aimed at adults over the age of 18. We ask that a minimum of 15 people attend.
We welcome talks from global organisations as long as they have a UK audience who will also attend. This is because our talks cover information and messaging on breast cancer awareness and NHS breast screening services based on UK data and public health messaging.
We offer our public health talks online and in person depending on the location. If we’re unable to give a face-to-face talk, we’ll offer an online talk as an alternative and share key resources around breast cancer awareness.
Our volunteers aren’t medically trained to give individual clinical advice, checks or information. To make the most of their time, our volunteers only deliver talks to groups and we’re unable to offer drop-in sessions.
'Really enjoyable and informative talk. Really good to have the possible breast cancer symptoms, in addition to lumps, outlined.'
'Really informative and definitely has given me more of an insight into signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with breast cancer.'
'I didn't know that I needed to check all the way to my collar bone or under my armpits, so very useful, thank you.'
'A great presentation by the speaker who presented a sometimes-difficult subject in a relaxed and interesting way. Her talk was informative and engaging. Thank you.'
'Beautifully clear delivery and really simple, informative information. It made a daunting topic approachable and not too long - message was delivered well.'
If you have any questions about our talks or would like further information before making a booking, please email our public health, inclusion and awareness team.
I like to think that I am educating people and helping individuals take responsibility for themselves, rather than relying on routine breast screening. It’s also a good chance to remind people of how they can reduce their risk of developing cancer.
The one message I’d like people to take away from my talks is to regularly Touch, Look, Check (TLC). I’d like them to say, ‘This is going to be part of my routine’, and to set a reminder that works for them, and get into the habit of checking themselves regularly.
While breast cancer survival rates have doubled in the UK in the last 40 years, more people than ever are being diagnosed every year. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So, getting into a habit of regularly breast checking and recognising the signs and symptoms of breast cancer is important.