Free forum during bowel cancer awareness week

Thursday 29 May, 2008

The Cancer Council Victoria, Border Cancer Collaboration and Upper Hume Community Health Service will host a free forum on bowel cancer for people in  Albury-Wodonga during national bowel cancer awareness week in June.

‘Bowel cancer is the most common cancer affecting men and women in Australia, and the second leading cause of cancer-related death, after lung cancer,' said The Cancer Council Victoria's  Manager of Community Education Programs, Darren Freak.

‘However, many people do not realise nearly all cases of bowel cancer can be cured if caught early enough, and almost a third can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.

‘This forum is an excellent opportunity to educate the community about the prevention and early detection of bowel cancer, and reduce the impact of bowel cancer in Albury and Wodonga,' said Mr Freak

The forum will take place on Wednesday, 11 June at the Albury Club (full details below). The Cancer Council's Darren Freak will present alongside specialist speakers, Dr Tim Shanahan, a gastroenterologist based at the Murray Valley Private Hospital, and Jane Ford, a dietician from Albury Base hospital.

Those attending will learn about latest developments in bowel cancer screening and treatment, including the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, as well the lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their risk of bowel cancer. Following the speakers, there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel with refreshments to follow.

‘The community plays a very important role in supporting those with cancer and we want to ensure those living in the Albury-Wodonga area are well informed about bowel cancer,' added Mr Freak.

Event details

Date:      Wednesday 11th June 2008
Time:     7pm - 9pm
Venue:   The Albury Club, Kiewa Street, Albury 2640

Seat bookings are essential. Please RSVP by Friday  6th June 2008 by calling the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.