Action Cancer bus set for Larne

Action Cancer patron Nuala McKeever, centre, joins Sean Conlon from the charity and SuperValu Marketing Manager Donna Morrison, to announce the Big Bus visit to Larne. INLT-31-710-con

Action Cancer patron Nuala McKeever, centre, joins Sean Conlon from the charity and SuperValu Marketing Manager Donna Morrison, to announce the Big Bus visit to Larne. INLT-31-710-con

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Action Cancer is bringing its SuperValu Big Bus mobile screening unit to Larne next month as part of its ongoing tour of Northern Ireland.

The Bus will be hosted by Menarys at its premises in Laharna Retail Park, Circular Road, Larne on Friday August 28.

The mobile clinic was launched in 2006 to help Action Cancer save lives and support people.

The 18 metre-long articulated vehicle with expanding side pods houses cancer prevention and early detection services, while staff on the unit provide information about support services.

Action Cancer Big Bus Co-ordinator Seán Conlon urged the public to take advantage of the service.

“The Big Bus has become a well-known and valuable health resource for men and women throughout Northern Ireland, delivering life-saving services right to their doorstep,” he stated.

SuperValu Marketing Manager Donna Morrison said, “We are extremely proud to play our part in the Big Bus service and to help Action Cancer make an impact on the health of local communities throughout Northern Ireland.”

Services provided on the Big Bus, which is fully accessible, include digital breast screening for women aged between 40 and 49 and over 70, health promotion and MOT health checks for both men and women.

A full body composition analysis using the latest technology provides clients with information on their height, weight, body mass index and more, and also offers health awareness and weight loss guidance.

Big Bus staff can provide information on complementary therapies and other cancer support services such as counselling, a Listening Ear Service, and support groups, which are available for cancer patients, their carers and families at the charity’s headquarters in Belfast and other locations.

Anyone interested in making an appointment for the Big Bus should telephone Action Cancer in advance on 028 9080 3344. Alternatively, book online by going to www.actioncancer.org, and following the ‘online booking’ link on the home page. Appointments will be available from 10am to 3pm each day.

Bookings are taken on a first come first served basis as there are a limited number of appointments.