The Cancer Council Victoria has launched a new, enhanced Internet site, which is expected to provide major benefits for regional Victoria with 24 hour access to the most comprehensive and accurate cancer information.
The site, located at www.cancervic.org.au, assists people with information on more than 39 cancers, including rare types.
An average of 9,160 people are diagnosed with cancer each year in regional Victoria.* The Cancer Council Victoria is aiming to assist these people in understanding the disease, its treatment, and to offer support to anyone affected by the disease.
Professor David Hill, Director of The Cancer Council Victoria, said it is an especially important tool for those in regional areas who might need to access information on cancer and its treatment and where to get support.
"The site has more than 1000 pages of information. It is simply designed and is easy to navigate," Professor Hill said.
The various sections include; About us, About cancer, How we can help, How you can help, About our research, Preventing cancer and Media.
"People in regional areas will be able to view our many health messages online, including all old advertisements dating back to the early 70's, and ensure the latest fact sheets in English and other languages are available.
"Some highlights that people can view include the Obesity Prevention campaign, which encourages all Victorians to maintain or develop a healthy lifestyle.
"This is based on Cancer Council Victoria research which shows a direct link between being overweight or obese and cancer risk. By promoting our findings, we are hoping we can reduce the number of people who develop cancer in our community.
"In addition, people can read about our recent ‘Survival Report' and the announcement of the trial undertaken by The Victorian Cancer Registry to collect cancer information in the Barwon South West Integrated Cancer Service region.
"This will further enhance the cancer information and statistics that are collected from cancer patients through the Victorian Cancer Registry. The more that is known about cancer, the further we will progress in the fight against cancer.
"The Internet site is also a great way for all Victorian residents to find out how they can join the fight against cancer. Site users can learn about our upcoming fundraising events, including Call to Arms, Daffodil Day and Relay For Life, and can even sign up online. The website also provides information on how to host your own unique fundraising event and other supporter opportunities such as online donation, bequests and volunteering opportunities," said Professor Hill.
The Cancer Council Victoria's Internet site has a section, which allows people to email a qualified Cancer Nurse from the comfort of their home. If people have further queries, they can call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 to speak with a Cancer Nurse.
* Cases per year (2002-2004) for "regional" Victoria (=Victoria excluding Melbourne Statistical Division and City of Greater Geelong)