Health

Thousands to receive bladder cancer self-test kits

A pioneering urine screening trial, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, will provide thousands of men with bladder cancer self-test kits. Nearly 1000 people are diagnosed and over four hundred people die from bladder cancer every year in Yorkshire. 3,000 men between 65 and 80 will take part in the study across the region. The aim is to spot any concerns before they become more complicated. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to James Catto, professor at the University of Sheffield and NHS urological consultant.

Cancer charity’s Sheffield Race For Life still open for entries

People across Sheffield are being encouraged to sign up for Cancer Research UK’s Sheffield Race for Life event. The charity’s much loved 3K run is to return to Graves Park on Saturday 11 June following the end of Covid restrictions. Money raised from the event will fund world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer, including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke Nicki Embleton regional media relations office for Cancer Research UK.

New quit smoking campaign launched

Smokefree Sheffield has launched a new campaign that aims to empower smokers to know they are “Strong enough to quit”. Campaign organisers aim to help more people stop smoking, improve their health and wellbeing as well as save more money to their pockets. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Men sought for mental health research

Grounded Research, the research team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humberside NHS Trust are running a new study working with and supporting men 18 and over. The Happy Healthy Strong project team are inviting men in Sheffield and the surrounding region who are currently experiencing or struggling with their mental health to get in touch to take part starting January next year. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

New Covid-19 wave expected as Omicron variant spreads

Sheffield health boss, Greg Fell, told Sheffield Live! the Omicron variant is likely to spread rapidly over the next few weeks. With cases of the new variant rising, the government has introduced new restrictions including face masks in most public indoor venues other than hospitality and people being asked to work from home where possible. The new measures could be in place for at least six weeks. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Health campaign encourages smokers to quit

A new campaign from Smokefree Sheffield says repeated attempts to quit can bring smokers “closer each time”. Greg Fell, Sheffield’s Director for Public Health told Sheffield Live! most smokers when asked say they want to quit and that smoking probably remains the number one top public health hazard. The “closer each time” campaign encourages smokers to have another go at quitting. Azz Mohammed reports.

More people quit smoking due to Covid-19

Ahead of the flu season health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is to launch its Stoptober campaign to encourage people to quit smoking. The October campaign will remind smokers that now more than ever is a good time for smokers to put their lungs first, quit smoking and breathe easier. Data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study show that in 2020 in England there has been a surge in smokers trying to quit and a big increase in success rates for those who try. ASH say over a million people in the UK have quit smoking during the coronavirus lockdown. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Lifestyle changes could aid a green recovery

Lifestyle and behaviour changes during lockdown including reduced travel and lower consumption could, if sustained, aid a green recovery, according to environmental experts. Anna Hawkins, lecturer in environmental social science at Sheffield Hallam University, told Sheffield Live! that individual changes such as eating less meat and travelling less can benefit the environment but structural changes are also needed by large organisations. Beth Gavaghan reports.