Time for Tooting to Get to Know Cancer

Published: 17 December 2015

The Wandsworth Get to Know Cancer pop up shop comes to Tooting for the first time this January.

Everyone is welcome to pop in to the shop, which will be open from January 18 for three weeks from. 9am until 7pm Monday to Saturday.  Find it on Mitcham Road, opposite Pearl Chemist.

Specialist nurses will be on hand to give advice and free health check-ups, including blood sugar, blood pressure and BMI monitoring, as well as to look at worrying lumps and moles.  No appointment is necessary, so people can get this done quickly and simply while they shop.

Around 40 per cent of a person’s risk of getting cancer depends on their lifestyle, and simple changes such as keeping active, eating well and not smoking can make a huge difference. That’s why Nurses Eddie and Sheila, who have staffed the previous two shops, will be encouraging residents to make the most of the wide range of support offered by Wandsworth council, such as health trainers, stop smoking support, weight management services and exercise taster sessions.

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Jim Maddan said: “The Get to Know Cancer pop-up shop has proved an excellent way of encouraging people to get their health checked and get advice on cancer, because it can be done far more quickly and informally than by visiting a GP.

“Every day around five people in Wandsworth find out they’ve got cancer – in a year that’s enough to fill 29 London buses. We know lots of residents think that getting cancer is down to fate, bad luck or chance, when in reality there’s a lot you can do to reduce your chance of getting it. We also know people often don’t talk about cancer even if they have concerns.

“We want Wandsworth residents to feel confident to talk about cancer so they get help early and get treatment if they need it.”

Mayank Patel, Pharmacist at Pearl Chemist Group, said, “We are really excited to be actively supporting the council with its first pop up shop in Tooting. The work of the shop complements the range of health services that pharmacies offer to their local community every day. Pearl Chemist Group is extremely honoured and proud of being able to be part of such a great initiative”.

Get to Know Cancer Pop-up Shop

Where – 138-140 Micham Road, Tooting (opposite Pearl Chemist)

When – January 18 – February 11, 9am to 7pm.

Just drop in.