Centrale pop-up shop to pilot London-wide cancer scheme

Croydon is to pilot a cancer pop-up shop, which will open tomorrow.

The scheme is run with the council and one of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s projects, the London Health Improvement Board.

Croydon’s shop will be on the ground floor at Centrale, next to Giordanos and opposite Rush.

The Get to Know Cancer pop-up shop will be open for five weeks until November 4. It will offer an opportunity for people to ask any questions about cancer and air concerns which they might not feel comfortable discussing with family, friends or even their GP.

According to Croydon Council, “The campaign aims to help Croydon residents realise cancer is something that is treatable and beatable.”

Nurses from Mayday, the Royal Marsden and charities Cancer Research UK and Macmillan will be on hand to offer information about cancer, symptoms and the importance of early diagnosis.

There will be a range of associated events taking place including a competition held by Crystal Palace footballers, yoga sessions and much more.

“For some people talking about cancer can be really hard,” said Councillor Margaret Mead, cabinet member for adult services and health. “The Get to Know Cancer pop-up shop is a place where people can go and talk informally about cancer, its causes and treatment.

“The more we know about cancer, the more able we are to catch and prevent it early. We are delighted to be pioneering this excellent initiative in Croydon.”

If the pilot in Croydon is successful, it is hoped more will be rolled out across London.

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