Free Cancer Council seminar coming to Sale

Wednesday 9 July, 2008

Cancer has touched the lives of many in the Shire of Wellington with around 200 people diagnosed with cancer each year.

The local community is invited to attend a free seminar that The Cancer Council Victoria is holding to discuss how we are leading the fight against cancer.

The free seminar will be held at the Comfort Inn Princeton, 25-41 Princes Highway, Sale from 10.00 am - 12.30 pm.

Dr Amanda Hordern, Deputy Director of the Cancer Information and Support Service at the Cancer Council said the free seminar was an opportunity for Sale residents to learn more about a range of cancer issues.

"The seminar is also an important way for those who have been affected by cancer either as a patient or carer, to connect with other cancer survivors and share their experiences, and find out what support is available," Dr Hordern said.

"It also provides an excellent opportunity for community members to ask any questions they might have on cancer, and to talk about local issues the Sale community is facing.

"I'd urge anyone from the area who wants to know more about cancer to join us at this free seminar," Dr Hordern said.

Also presenting at the seminar is the Director of the Cancer Council Victoria, Professor David Hill, Director of Communications, Ms Jane Sullivan and Director of Community Relations and Fundraising, Ms Deb Stringer. 

Professor Hill will discuss the latest cancer statistics and present information on cancer research and prevention.

Ms Stringer will highlight the amazing work that the Sale community has done to support our events Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and Call to Arms. She will also outline some upcoming local opportunities, such as Daffodil Day and South Gippsland Relay For Life.

Ms Jane Sullivan will be introducing the Cancer Council's new Internet site and the many functions available to the public that will assist through one's cancer journey.

The Cancer Council is committed to educating all Victorians, including regional areas, in how they can reduce their risk of cancer and help lead the fight against cancer.

The Director of Cancer Information and Support Services, Ms Doreen Akkerman recently visited Bairnsdale. She spoke about issues relating to cancer including physical and mental health, enhancing life and well being, and personal relationships.

Her presentation drew a crowd of over 250 people and was well received by all who attended.

The Cancer Council Victoria's Sale Cancer Information Seminar will be held on Friday 8 August from 10.00am to 12.30pm at the Comfort Inn Princeton, 25-41 Princes Highway, Sale.

Topics will include the Cancer Council's work in the Sale community, reducing your risk of cancer, coping with a cancer diagnosis, support services for people affected by cancer, their family and friends and fundraising in the Sale community.

The seminar is free, refreshments will be provided, and all community members are invited to attend. Registrations are essential; for more information or to register, call 1300 65 65 85 between 10.00am and 4.00pm.