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July is Sarcoma Awareness MonthAwareness Days wrote sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.
They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside


Sarcomas commonly affect the arms, legs and trunk. They also appear in the stomach and intestines as well as behind the abdomen (retroperitoneal sarcomas) and the female reproductive system (gynaecological sarcomas).

Bone sarcomas affect less than 500 people in the UK each year, making it a very rare form of cancer. Not all bone cancers will be sarcomas. Soft tissue sarcomas can affect any part of the body; they develop in supporting or connective tissue such as the muscle, nerves, fatty tissue, and blood vessels.

Soft tissue sarcomas include: GIST is a common type of sarcoma; it develops in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, a long tube running through the body from the oesophagus (gullet) to the anus (back passage) and includes the stomach and intestines.

Gynaecological sarcomas (sometimes shortened to gynae sarcomas) occur in the female reproductive system: the uterus (womb), ovaries, vagina, vulva and fallopian tubes. You may also hear the term uterine sarcoma. They can affect women of any age.

Retroperitoneal sarcomas occur in the retroperitoneum. This is an area behind the peritoneum, the lining of the abdominal space that covers the abdominal organs. The retroperitoneum is deep in the abdomen and pelvis, behind the abdominal lining, where organs such as the major blood vessels, kidneys, pancreas and bladder are located.

Sarcoma is very rare, and much more research needs to be done to fully understand how these cancers develop and how best to diagnose and treat them. For more details check out the Awareness Days details on Sarcoma Awareness Month or head to the Sarcoma UK website.

Samaritans Annual Awareness is for the month of July and this years campaign is entitled Talk to Use. Samaritans Awareness Day is on July 24th. Samaritans are challenging the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener. Throughout July, Samaritans branches are also holding events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the services they offer in their local communities. Visit your local branch website to see what they’re doing during Talk To Us.

Whether it’s a virtual chitchat, or a picnic in the park, Talk to Us is one of the ways we raise awareness that we’re here – for anyone who needs someone to listen, 24/7, without judgement or pressure. Find out what your local branch is doing by heading to the Samaritans website link.

Samaritans have lots of activity planned on there social media for Samaritans’ awareness day — 24/7 — on 24 July, be sure to keep an eye out on our Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram next month!

July is also Good Care Month and Glad to Care Week is 5th- 11th July.

With both an ageing population and individuals of all ages with more complex needs that require additional social care support, there is an increasing requirement to recruit and retain staff in the adult social care sector.

In Hertfordshire alone, there is currently a need to recruit around 4,000 paid carers each year. The Good Care Campaign is about celebrating the great work you and your staff do each and every day and sharing it via the campaign. It is your chance to engage and inspire the public to consider social care as a great career choice, and recruit more people to work for you.

The Good Care Campaign are campaigning to raise the profile of the social care sector and to promote the great career opportunities and progression available to those who choose a career in social care.

They are campaigning by sharing stories, photos and videos of the good care you provide within your services each and every day.

This July they are giving you a helping hand in the form of the Good Care Gnome! As well as everything about under ‘How can we get involved?’ Bugsy MaGNOME, the Good Care gnome could join you in your Good Care Month activities and events.

How can the #GoodCareGnome help you?

You could take pictures of the #GoodCareGnome getting involved in day-to-day activities such as becoming a GastroGnome, helping to prepare meals, getting involved with different activities, or joining in singing or playing musical instruments… As your metroGnome!

For more details and ideas to help raise awareness head to the Good Care Campaign website here.

Glad to Care Week from the 5th-11th July is a celebration to resilient care workers, following what has undeniably been a trying period for the industry. The aim is to show appreciation for the extraordinary contributions that carers make to the lives of recipients of care and reassuring families currently looking for care, and in turn resulting in improving occupancy for care providers.

Head to the Glad to Care Week website, here, to see how you an get involved in raising appreciation for the many carers throughout the UK.

July 27th is Walk the Night for Breast Cancer Care and Prostrate Cancer.

Make 2021 a year to remember and experience a night like no other – a marathon, half marathon or 10k charity night walk through your city. 

Select the cancer type you want to support and raise money for life-saving research. It’s a night to celebrate, push yourself and feel proud.

As always at Cancer Research events the health and safety of our participants, staff and volunteers is there top priority. They say on their website they will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep everyone updated with there planning, much of which will focus on how they can deliver a safe event in the context of all necessary COVID-19 guidelines and precautions.

It may be that events look a little different this year but they are working proactively with there venues and suppliers to deliver a great experience on site.

Head to Cancer Research Website for more details of walks in your area.

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