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Talking About Cancer: Reducing Risk, Early Detection and Mythbusting

Cancer Research UK via FutureLearn


Learn how to talk about cancer risk reduction and spotting cancer early.

1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. Talking about how to reduce the risk of cancer and the importance of early detection isn’t always easy, but it can make a real difference to peoples’ health.

You might be worried you’ll say the wrong thing or that you simply don’t know enough about the subject. Our Cancer Research UK experts are here to help.

On this course you’ll learn…

How to talk to people about how to reduce the risk of cancer

Support people to understand what causes cancer and what healthy changes they could make to reduce their risk

The importance of early detection of cancer

You’ll learn how to encourage people to know what’s normal for their body and visit their doctor if they notice any unusual changes.

The skills you gain on this course could also be helpful when talking to somebody affected by cancer.

This course is designed for anyone who would like to improve their ability – personally or professionally – to have conversations about cancer and health.

It will be particularly useful for those with an interest in sharing the causes of cancer, the importance of early diagnosis and advocating for cancer prevention and cancer screening.

The course will be helpful professionally for those working or volunteering in the following healthcare areas: health advocacy, health promotion, care and support work, community health centres and services, GP surgeries, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, oncology, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, dentistry, public health, radiotherapy, sexual health, social work.

Taught by

Gillian Kilgour

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