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Marguerite Smith (right) with Nurse Karen Morris
Marguerite Smith (right) with Nurse Karen Morris
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A support group will be coming to a South Shore supermarket on May 9.

The Merseyside and North West Support Group for Haemochromatosis will be staging a series of roadshows across the region to mark an awareness month.

Haemochromatosis is a common, but little known, genetic disorder, which causes the body to absorb too much iron from the diet, which can lead to serious illness.

Marguerite Smith, from Blackpool, secretary of the group, said: “Haemochromatosis affects one in 200 people and one in eight are carriers – yet most people have never heard of it. So, we are holding these roadshows to make people aware early detection of the disorder, by simple blood test, can save lives and prevent major illness such as liver cancer, diabetes and depression.”

The roadshow will be at Morrisons, Squires Gate Lane, from 10.30am.