Summarise simple, reliable facts about cancer, prevention, early diagnosis and screening.
Engage those around you in effective conversations about cancer.
Identify appropriate sources of support and information, and signpost people to them.
Assess the barriers that can prevent people from taking positive action for their health or visiting the doctor, and engage them in a way that encourages them to take action.
Develop a plan of action for talking about cancer.
Talking about cancer can be difficult. You might be worried that you’ll say the wrong thing or that you simply don’t know enough about the subject.
This course draws on the knowledge of Cancer Research UK experts.
Over 3 weeks you’ll find out how to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle changes, access local services or visit their doctor promptly if they notice changes to their body. The skills you gain may also be useful in talking to people already affected by cancer.
Learning is through quizzes, articles, discussions and videos demonstrating conversational dos and don’ts.
Key facts and health messages about cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis, and how to explain them.
Confidence for having conversations about cancer that help others take positive action.
Identification of barriers to making lifestyle changes or seeing a doctor.
Communication methods that overcome barriers and avoid building defensiveness and fear.
Methods of questioning that help people make decisions for themselves.
Identifying how our own feelings can affect conversations.
Directing people to the right places for advice and support.
Creating an action plan for talking about cancer.
The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in the topic and aims to help with both personal and professional conversations about cancer and health.
The course is particularly relevant for those working or volunteering in the following areas: health advocacy, 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, or any other healthcare.
The course does not require any previous experience of this subject.