Are you, or have you been, affected by cancer? Would you like to help shape future cancer services and care across the Fylde coast?

NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking for local people to form a cancer focus group to help achieve its aim of faster diagnosis and better treatment for patients.

The focus group forms part of the CCG’s five year cancer strategy, which has been developed in partnership with NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Cancers, especially lung, bowel, breast and prostate, are one of the most frequently recorded causes of death for Blackpool residents with one in four people losing their life to the disease.

Blackpool GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Blackpool CCG, Dr Amanda Doyle, said: “Cancer is a huge priority for us given the high rates that we have locally. We know that better prevention and early diagnosis are crucial so we want to make sure that future services and care are of the highest quality. That’s why I would encourage anybody who has experience of living with cancer to get involved in this group.

“By sharing your views about the care you’ve received in the past, or are currently receiving, you can play an important part in helping us to improve services. We want to make sure that the group represents everybody so we’d like as wide a range of people as possible from across the Fylde Coast to get involved. I’d encourage people of all ages, sex and ethnic backgrounds to take part.”

If you would like to express an interest in being part of the CCG’s cancer focus group, or for more information about what may be involved, please email or by Friday 23 October 2015.

For more information about this press release please call the communications team at NHS Blackpool CCG on 01253 956594 or email