Cancer Council brings latest cancer information to Warrnambool

Monday 14 May, 2007

Community health professionals in Warrnambool will be armed with the latest information on cancer prevention and early detection strategies at a special Cancer Council seminar tomorrow.

Alison Peipers from the Cancer Council's Education Unit says the Cancer Council is committed to keeping community health workers up to date with the latest in cancer prevention.

"Our figures show that each year in the Warrnambool area, on average 165 people are diagnosed with cancer. Cancer affects a large number of people in this area, and there is a lot that people can do to reduce their cancer risk."

"Community health professionals need access to the latest information on cancer prevention to give their patients the best possible advice and support."

Ms Peipers said that one of the key aspects of the seminar will be information about the Cancer Council's new campaign on cancer and obesity. The campaign is based on new Cancer Council research that found a waist measurement of over 100cm for men, and over 85cm for women, can significantly increase the risk of cancer, including breast, bowel and aggressive prostate cancers.

Ms Peipers says the seminar is also a very important opportunity to update health professionals on the latest in cancer screening programs.

"Early detection is very important, and most women would be aware that there are pap tests to detect cervical cancer and mamomograms to detect breast cancer."

"Cancer Council figures show bowel cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in the Warrnambool area, and there is also a new national bowel screening program."

"We want to urge people who is eligible to participate to take advantage of these vital screening programs that can potentially save their lives."

Ms Peipers says there are a number of simple steps Warrnambool residents can take to decrease their cancer risk:

  1. Stop smoking. It's the best present you'll ever give yourself
  2. Move your body. Be physically active every day
  3. Stay in shape. Aim for a healthy body weight
  4. Eat for health. Choose a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables
  5. Be SunSmart. Protect yourself in the sun and take care not to burn
  6. Avoid alcohol. Try alcohol-free days and non-alcoholic drinks

Health professionals and community members can access a broad range of cancer prevention and early detection information by calling The Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20) or on this website.

Cancer in the City of Warrnambool, 2002-2004

(statistics from the Victorian Cancer Registry, 2007)

During the period 2002-2004, there were on average 165 new cancers diagnosed each year in Warrnambool. About 55% of new cancers were diagnosed in males and 69% in persons aged over 60 years.

Leading cancer sites, 2002-2004

Bowel cancer - 79 cases
Prostate cancer - 64 cases
Lung cancer - 53 cases
Breast cancer - 48 cases
Melanoma - 45 cases

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Note: Alsion Peipers is available for interview - please contact Zoe Furman on 9635 5271 or 0408 176 934 to arrange a time.

Pictures can be taken at the Cancer Council's Cancer Education seminar. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 15 May at the Gateway Motor Inn, Raglan Parade, Warrnambool.

The seminar is not open to members of the public.

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