SIR Michael Parkinson is encouraging cancer patients to share their experiences.

The Barnsley-born broadcaster has spoken about the struggles he faced following his own diagnosis to help promote Let’s Talk about Cancer, a free event taking place at the Magna Science Centre, Rotherham, on March 14.

Patients and their family members, friends and carers are invited to attend the full-day event which will include talks by leading experts on how to live well with and after the disease.

There will also be an opportunity to take part in practical activities such as yoga and learning about techniques like mindfulness.

A variety of helpful services will provide exhibition stands on the day, including other charities, fitness providers and NHS services. Those attending will also have the chance to talk to people going through similar experiences.

Sir Michael, 83, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013 and received the ‘all-clear’ from doctors in summer 2015 following two years of treatment. He became a patron of Yorkshire Cancer Research in 2016.

He said: “When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was shocked. But the doctors were very positive, and I soon had a good treatment plan in place which put me at ease.

“However, I soon learned there is so much more to cancer than simply having access to the best treatment. The experience showed me how important it is that more support is provided to address the emotional, physical and practical needs of cancer patients and their loved ones.

“That’s why I’m so proud to support Let’s Talk about Cancer. Yorkshire Cancer Research has pulled together a fantastic programme to support people in living well with and after cancer. Let’s talk about cancer, share our learnings and help one another.”

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