Make a difference in the fight against cancer

Released 02/02/2016

The importance of cancer screening, early detection and adopting a healthier lifestyle has been highlighted ahead of World Cancer Day (Thursday, February 4) by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.

“The theme for World Cancer Day this year ‘We Can. I Can’ is aimed at encouraging everyone to do their part to reduce the burden of cancer within our community. This can be by taking part in awareness activities, learning more about cancer through education programs, or changing our attitudes to reduce stigma associated with cancers or cancer treatments,” Mr Corbell said.

From Tuesday to Thursday, Canberrans are invited to take part in a 3-day event at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre where there will be various free cancer information sessions, daily tours, and approximately 30 supporter stalls to browse.

There will also be a ‘Sea of Hands’ mural at the entrance of the Cancer Centre made up of over 1000 hand cut-outs with supportive messages for those touched by cancer until February 8.  Anyone can add a message into the mural by collecting a cut-out from the Cancer Centre reception.

“The ACT Government has made a significant investment to improve access to quality cancer services in the region through the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, which opened in 2014, and through funding of early detection and health promotion programs, such as BreastScreen ACT and the ACT Cervical Screening program,” Mr Corbell said.

“The government remains committed to delivering a healthier Canberra community through the priorities outlined in the Healthy Weight Action Plan, to reduce the amount of obesity and associated risk factors, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers, which contribute to poorer health outcomes.

“About a third of common cancers can be prevented through a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active.  Educating and informing individuals and communities about the links between lifestyle and cancer risk is important for effective cancer prevention.”

Cancer is one of Canberra’s biggest killers. In 2014-15 there were over 70,000 cancer outpatient occasions of service delivered through the Cancer Centre and over 2600 inpatient episodes of care delivered through Canberra Hospital.

“Unfortunately, around 500 Canberrans will die of cancer this year, and an estimated 46,500 people will die across Australia,” Mr Corbell said.

“We know that early detection is very important and we are committed to increasing prevention measures, reducing the prevalence of cancer and providing world class diagnosis and treatment options.

“Everyone should talk to their GP about how to prevent cancer and what they should be screened for at which times.”

For the full schedule of World Cancer Day events being held at the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, visit or call 6174 8429 register your attendance.

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