Free cancer information at Bayside libraries

Wednesday 7 May, 2008
Free cancer information developed by The Cancer Council Victoria is now available for the general public at Bayside libraries.

Latest Cancer Council statistics show more than 600 people are diagnosed with cancer in the City of Bayside each year, with bowel, prostate, breast and melanoma cancers representing more than 50% of these new cases.

This information is critical to help educate people about risk factors, testing, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. People can also use library computers to access a wide range of free cancer information from www.cancervic.org.au.

Robyn Metcalfe from the Cancer Information and Support Service at the Cancer Council said credible information is a person's greatest need when they are concerned about cancer.

"One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85," Ms Metcalfe said.

"The Cancer Council offers evidence-based, reliable cancer information that can help reduce the impact of cancer on the Victorian community.

"We are delighted to be supported by the Bayside Library Service in our mission to lead the fight against cancer," she said.

Ms Metcalfe urges all Bayside residents to visit their local library to access the free cancer information.

"Cancer is a very complex disease so it is crucial that people have access to up-to-date and relevant information.

"The information is available now and can help people make informed decisions about reducing risk, treatment or whether testing is appropriate for their situation."

Topics include:

  • Cut your cancer risk
  • Breast awareness
  • Prostate problems
  • Being Sunsmart in Australia
  • Finding bowel cancer early
  • Cancer treatments
  • Cancer Council support services

Cancer nurses staff the Cancer Council Helpline and can provide information and support on any aspect of cancer. Call 13 11 20, Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 8pm (cost of a local call). The service is free, confidential and available in many languages.