When the conversation is coming from a volunteer, it is different in that the volunteer can often relate more to that person. The knowledge is brought down to the level in the community. For people in the community who might have a reading age of a year eight, or cannot even communicate fully in English, then you have to make it easier for them to understand. If you’re from the community and can talk to them on that level, then it has a better impact. We are eradicating their communication barrier. Cultural knowledge is equally important. If a volunteer has a cultural knowledge that they can bring together with the knowledge of what cancer is all about and how can we prevent it, then we are able to break it down in way that is easier for a person to understand.
The Cancer Champions is a movement that has just started. It is in the initial state, but if we can recruit more people, then it will create a ripple effect in the community and nationwide. More people will be aware of the signs and symptoms. So this means that early detection, or early intervention, will be more common. It will not only help people themselves, but also help the NHS. The benefits of it will be phenomenal.