Sir Michael Parkinson Invites Yorkshire to Talk about Cancer

27 February 2019

Barnsley-born broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson is encouraging cancer patients across Yorkshire to share their experiences at an event hosted by Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Sir Michael Parkinson is pictured with his wife, Mary, who helped him cope following his diagnosis with prostate cancer. As patron of Yorkshire Cancer Research, Sir Michael is supporting Let’s Talk about Cancer, a free event designed to help people live better with and after cancer.

Sir Michael, 83, has spoken about the struggles he faced following his own cancer diagnosis to help promote Let’s Talk about Cancer, a free event taking place at Magna Science Centre, Rotherham, on Thursday, March 14.

Patients and their family members, friends and carers are invited to attend the full-day event, which will include talks by leading experts on how to live well with and after cancer. There will also be an opportunity to take part in practical activities such as yoga and learn about techniques like mindfulness.

(from left) Jess Harris-Edwards, Events Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, Aimee Pendlebury-Worrad, Yorkshire Cancer Research Nurse, Weston Park Hospital, David Alston, clinical trial patient, Emma Schofield, Health and Wellbeing Officer, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Angela Eyre, mindfulness practitioner, Charlie Jackett, Events and Conferences Manager, Yorkshire Cancer Research

A variety of helpful services will provide exhibition stands on the day, including other charities, fitness providers and NHS services. Those attending will also have the chance to talk to people going through similar experiences. 

Sir Michael was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013 and received the ‘all-clear’ from doctors in summer 2015 following two years of treatment. He became patron of Yorkshire Cancer Research in 2016 to help support better diagnosis, treatment and care for those living in the region.  

(from left) Emma Schofield, Health and Wellbeing Officer, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, David Alston, clinical trial patient, Aimee Pendlebury-Worrad, Yorkshire Cancer Research Nurse, Weston Park Hospital, Angela Eyre, mindfulness practitioner

Sir Michael said: “When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was shocked. But the doctors were very positive, and I soon had a good treatment plan in place which put me at ease. 

“However, I soon learned there is so much more to cancer than simply having access to the best treatment. The experience showed me how important it is that more support is provided to address the emotional, physical and practical needs of cancer patients and their loved ones. 

“That’s why I’m so proud to support Let’s Talk about Cancer. Yorkshire Cancer Research has pulled together a fantastic programme to support people in living well with and after cancer. Let’s talk about cancer, share our learnings and help one another.”

Let’s Talk about Cancer was officially launched at Magna Science Centre by a selection of speakers and attendees, including Emma Schofield, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, Aimee Pendlebury-Worrad, Yorkshire Cancer Research Nurse at Weston Park Hospital, and Angela Eyre, a local mindfulness practitioner. 

David Alston, a cancer patient from Sheffield who is currently taking part in an immunotherapy clinical trial sponsored by Yorkshire Cancer Research, also spoke about his experience to encourage others to attend.

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Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
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