Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Public meeting tonight

Here's something worthwhile I can talk about , the public meetings we do in work. It's a set of meetings where we arrange for a group of medical experts to give lectures on health topics such as asthma, cancer screening (tonight), sexual health, obesity etc. and then the floor is opened to the people attending to ask their questions. We've had a series of really good chairs and I for one really get a kick out of doing them. We've got our audience of regulars and it's really nice to see the same faces coming back and every time there is a new meeting we get some new faces attending. Tonight's topic was cancer screening, what it is and why and when and for who. One thing that struck me tho was that the national cervical screening programme has an objective of mailing out to every woman who hits 50 with a notice to suggest she go and get a smear test. Because that is the age when you have to start watching out for signs. But honestly, just having turned 50 I have to say if a letter like that arrived with the birthday cards, it would sort of burst my bubble on the day - maybe the target age could be 49 or 51 or something that is not quite such a milestone. I mean, 21, you get the key of the door, 50 you get the medical letter .......ouch!


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