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Teenage and Young Adults cancer awareness day at Musgrove - 26 February 2013

Teenage and Young Adults cancer awareness day at Musgrove - 26 February 2013

A Teenage and Young Adults cancer awareness day will be taking place at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital on Friday 8th March between 9am and 3.30pm.

The Teenage Cancer Trust and Youth Cancer Trust will be running information stands in the Beacon Centre, with representatives present to answer questions from patients and members of the public.

Musgrove was successful in its application to become a designated network care provider for young people aged 15- 24 years diagnosed with cancer.

It is also only one of six centres across the South West of England on a shared-care basis with the Principle Treatment Centre at Bristol.

Over the last 30 years there has been a steady increase in teenagers and young adults being diagnosed with cancer and it is the second highest cause of death in young people after accidental death (Teenage Cancer Trust, 2012).

Also attending the event will be Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Specialist Nurse Amanda Bland along with some of Musgrove’s young cancer patients to talk about what services the TYA offers and what they can do to improve the experience for young people.

Amanda says “Our awareness day at Musgrove will flag the kind of symptoms to be aware of so that young people can be better informed.

“For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, it will heighten awareness of the support that is out there, be it for education, career or psychosocial needs.”

The new TYA Patient Information DVD, sponsored by Musgrove Leukaemia Group, will be launched on the day.

Also on the day, cupcakes and coffee made by volunteers will be on sale in the Beacon Centre Cafe with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

For more information, please contact Amanda Bland on 01392 404609.