A community group in Lincoln are working to raise awareness of the early signs of cancer.
EPOC (Early Presentation of Cancer) has been running a number of initiatives to encourage people to self-check.
The programme aims to work with GPs and people in the community to promote self-checking and attendance at cancer screenings.
Cancer is still a difficult thing for many people to talk about, and the scheme encourages people to be more open about the issue.
Volunteer for EPOC Linda Green suffered from breast cancer herself four years ago, and said: “I decided once I started to get better, although I wasn’t well enough to work I decided to do some volunteer work.
“Cancer had affected me and my family – and my whole life – so much, I wanted to something within a cancer environment. I came across EPOC and I thought that’s the one I want to get involved with – I’m absolutely passionate that the earlier cancer is caught the better, and more lives are saved.”
EPOC work throughout the community, handing out leaflets at the university, in pharmacies and across Lincolnshire to get their message out there.
They are encouraging everyone of all ages and gender to check their bodies regularly and know when something isn’t right and when to visit the doctor.
For more information visit the EPOC website.