19th October 2018
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A free cancer information and support service is coming direct to patients in Hammersmith on Monday 22nd October and to Acton on Tuesday 23rd October.


Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service will be outside Hammersmith Townhall and the Market Square in Acton from 9.00am-4.00pm on both days, with cancer information specialists on-hand to answer questions and provide information. The team encourages anyone with worries or concerns relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a carer or loved one of someone who is.


Details of the visit:

Monday 22nd October

Hammersmith Town Hall, Riverside Gardens, W6 9LE

9am to 4pm


Tuesday 23rd October

Market Square (outside Morrison’s), Acton, W3 9LD

9am to 4pm


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Macmillan Cancer Support is encouraging people to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease.


Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK, with more than 62,000 cases reported every year. It is more common in women over 50. Men can also get breast cancer, but this is rare.

Martina McGill, Cancer Information Specialist at Macmillan, said “Knowing what changes to look for and when to see your doctor could make a real difference. Don’t be scared if you have symptoms. Get them checked.”

See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms:

  • a lump in the breast
  • dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue
  • a lump or swelling in the armpit.
  • a change in the size or shape of the breast
  • a nipple that’s turned in (inverted)
  • a rash (like eczema) on the nipple
  • discharge from the nipple
  • pain or discomfort in the breast that doesn’t go away, although this is rare.


Martina added: “Most breast changes are not caused by cancer but if you do notice anything that isn’t normal for you, see your doctor. If you do have cancer, the sooner it’s found, the more likely it is to be successfully treated.”

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to


If you are unable to visit the unit but have questions about cancer, visit or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm). You can find out about Macmillan services near you at

About Macmillan Cancer Support in Greater London

In 2015, there were nearly 33,000 cancer cases diagnosed in London1. There are at least 210,000 people living with cancer in London2, and the sad truth is, this number could increase to an estimated 342,000 by 20303.   

One in two people in the UK are likely to get cancer in their lifetime4. Cancer can affect everything, including a person’s body, relationships and finances.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, emotional and personal support to people affected by cancer every year. The charity is there to support people during treatment, help with work and money worries, and listen when people need to talk about their feelings.

In 2016, there were around 1060 Macmillan health and social care professional posts,often based at hospitals and in the community, in London5 to support people with cancer and their families through difficult times.  More than 7,630 people called the Macmillan Support Line for information and support.  Macmillan mobile information buses were out and about in supermarkets, town centres, faith centres and workplaces in London, visited by around 7,650 local people for support.  To help with money worries, more than £7 million in unclaimed benefits was unlocked for people in London by the Macmillan Support Line and 3,690 people received Macmillan Grants, totalling over £1.3 million.

Macmillan receives no government funding and relies on generous donations from the public. People up and down the country show their support for Macmillan – from hosting or attending a World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to running a marathon or giving up alcohol – so the charity can help more and more people affected by cancer every year. 

Life with cancer is still your life and Macmillan is there to help you live it. If you want information or just to chat, call 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit To get involved or make a donation please call 0300 1000 200


1 Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of cancer by region of residence. Cancer Registration Statistics, England, 2015. Source: Office for National Statistics, 2017.

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