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Sale gets cancer update

Thursday 31 July, 2008

The Cancer Council Victoria will host a free cancer seminar for Sale residents on Friday 8 August informing the community how to reduce their risk of cancer.

Director of the Cancer Council, Professor David Hill, said research shows over 40 per cent of cancers are preventable.

"This seminar is relevant to anyone wanting to reduce their risk of cancer," Professor Hill said.

"We know a great deal more now about how to prevent some types of cancer.

"The ‘Tobacco Tragedy' data released in February 2005 shows that for the Local Government area of Sale, smoking causes 39 deaths each year that could be prevented.

"This is compared with 8 deaths from alcohol, 3 from other drugs and 7 from road accidents," Professor Hill said.

In relation to SunSmart statistics, Professor Hill said 58 per cent of early childhood services in Sale are members of the SunSmart Early Childhood Program.

"This is below the state average of 67 per cent.  It would be great to encourage more services to join the program," Professor Hill said.

"In addition, there are 9 primary schools listed in the Sale area, and 8 of these are participating in the SunSmart program. It is great to see these schools involved," he said.

The Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service Deputy Director, Dr Amanda Hordern, 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.

To speak with a cancer nurse, call the Helpline on 13 11 20.

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.

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.         

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