15 Aug 2022

Cancer charity launches new online training to support older people

Bill Jeffrey
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland has launched an online training programme in cancer prevention and awareness for people who work with or support older people. The training will help users learn about factors that affect cancer risk and improve their knowledge of signs and symptoms of various cancers. The training is full of practical tips which will increase confidence in talking to older people about cancer prevention and awareness. Maresa McGettigan, from Cancer Focus NI, said: “Most forms of cancer are linked to age - the older you are the higher your risk. In Northern Ireland, 60% of cancer diagnoses are in those over 65, so it is important for us to focus on this age group. “We are delighted to offer this valuable training for free to those who want to work with older people, whether they are professionals, volunteers, family, friends or carers. “Following this training you can increase an older person’s ability to recognise cancer signs and symptoms and empower them to take steps to lower their risk of cancer.” Bill Jeffrey, Choice Housing Tenants Forum chairman, said: “Cancer Focus NI has developed this training to help improve the knowledge and skills of those working with older people. “But it’s for older people, too, who would like to be peer mentors. I’ve been through it and it is easy and straightforward. It will help give older people the confidence and ability to go to their own doctor or health professional with their concerns. By taking part in this training you can make a real difference to people’s lives.” The training takes approximately 40 minutes and can be accessed via Cancer Focus NI’s online training website: The project has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities project and was developed in partnership with Choice Housing Ltd. If you’d like to find out more please email If you are worried about cancer call the Cancer Focus NI information and support NurseLine on 0800 783 3339. Photo shows Bill Jeffrey, Choice Housing Tenants Forum chairman, and Maresa McGettigan, Cancer Focus NI, highlighting the charity’s new online training which will help people who work with and support older people.

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