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Early detection of cancer action pack available

Pharmacists’ role in the early detection of cancer will be the first topic in the RPS Public Health Action Pack, available for members through their local pharmacy forums. The pack will contain a presentation and discussion materials, providing members with a background to the importance of the early detection of cancer and the role pharmacists can play in spotting signs and symptoms of some cancers. It will also help them to develop confidence when talking to patients about cancer.

Local community pharmacies are often where patients first buy medicines. Community pharmacists and their staff therefore have a key role to play in raising awareness of symptoms of different cancers, being the first port of call for customers and ultimately being in a position to facilitate early diagnosis through formal referral pathways.

Action packs are designed to support LPFs in delivering presentations, webinars and video seminars, giving members access to a range of different materials. Each pack focuses on different topics led by the priorities of the national pharmacy boards and supports the development of best practice locally. Future packs planned for 2013 will look at medicines safety and oher public health topics.

Look out for the "Pharmacists’ role in the early detection of cancer" action pack (pictured above), which will be available to members this month. For more information, visit the LPF Leadership Network or contact your local practice forum facilitator. — Christine Horan, LPF facilitator, Wales.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11118218

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