NHS Health Campaigns:
Each month the NHS focus on life-saving research for a range of different health and lifestyle campaigns. Throughout this page you will find all the monthly links and information you need to either find help and support needed either for yourself, family or friends or to follow each campaign and get involved with helping to raise the vital funds needed to carry out life-saving research that saves thousands of lives each year.
Stroke Awareness Month: 1st May 2022- 31st May 2022
This Stroke Awareness Month, May 2022, we're launching our 'Stroke Research Means Everything' campaign to raise awareness of the chronic lack of funding available for stroke research. Research into stroke is one of the most underfunded areas of health research in the UK. Far less is spent ‘per survivor’ on research into stroke than on research into any other health condition.
Why stroke research means everything!
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the UK. Two-thirds of people who survive a stroke find themselves living with a disability. More research will help survivors make their fullest possible recovery, which means everything to them and their families as they rebuild their lives. For more information please visit https://www.stroke.org.uk/
Stroke strikes every five minutes in the UK. Would you know how to spot the signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else?
The FAST test can help:
F - Facial weakness --> A - Arm weakness --> S - Speech problems --> T - Time to call 999
Skin Cancer Awareness Month 1st May 2022- 31st May 2022
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, therefore not only is May Skin Cancer Awareness Month in the UK, it’s also World Skin Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Month.
Skin cancer is the overarching term for this type of cancer, but there are two types of skin cancers: melanoma and non-melanoma. Non-melanoma is broken down into two more groups and is different to the less common, but more serious, melanoma.
Types of skin cancer
Non-melanoma refers to skin cancers which develop in the upper layer of your skin (the epidermis). You can be diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), most non-melanoma diagnoses are BCC or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Non-melanoma cancers usually develop in areas which are most exposed to the sun such as your face, ears, hands, shoulders, upper chest and back.
Both these types of skin cancers don’t spread to other parts of your body, although in very rare cases SCC tumours can spread to your lymph nodes.
Melanoma can spread to other parts of your body which is why it’s the more serious type of skin cancer.
Causes of skin cancer
Overexposure to the sun or sunbeds are the main cause of all skin cancers. There are a few risk factors that can increase your chance of getting this type of cancer:
- a previous non-melanoma skin cancer.
- a family history of skin cancer.
- pale skin that burns easily.
- a large number of moles or freckles.
- taking medicine that suppresses your immune system.
- a co-existing medical condition that suppresses your immune system.
Deaf Awareness Week 2nd May 2022- 8th May 2022:
There are over 50,000 deaf children and young people in the UK. There are many reasons why a child might be born deaf or become deaf in childhood. Although not knowing the cause of deafness can be very upsetting, it isn’t always possible to identify the reason. You may be offered tests to try to find the cause of your child’s deafness but they will only be able to identify the cause in 40–50% of children.
Epilepsy Awareness Week 24th May 2022- 29th May 2022:
Living with epilepsy can have its challenges. Epilepsy can affect a person’s emotional health in many ways. Emotional health is important for people with epilepsy, family members, caregivers and friends. With the power of our community, we can bring hope to those experiencing the challenges of epilepsy.
Learn more about epilepsy:
- 1 in 10 people will have a seizure and 1 in 26 will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. We need more people to learn seizure first aid to help save a life.
- There are 470,000 children in the U.S. living with epilepsy. Kids can change the world by educating those around them.
- Epilepsy receives 10 times less funding than other brain disorders. We need to raise funds for care, advocacy, research and education.