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Free Cancer Council seminars in Ballarat and Ararat

Tuesday 30 September, 2008
Cancer has touched the lives of many in Ballarat and Ararat with around 396 and 64 people diagnosed with cancer each year in the respective cities.

The local community is invited to attend 2 free seminars that the Cancer Council Victoria is holding to discuss the progression in the fight against cancer. The free seminars will be held at:

Gum San - The Great Hall,
31-33 Lambert St,
Ararat from 10am to 12.30pm
The Belltower,
1845 Sturt St,
Ballarat from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. 

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

"These seminars are 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.

"They also provide an excellent opportunity for community members to ask any questions they might have on cancer, and to talk about local issues the Ballarat and Ararat communities are facing.

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

Also presenting at the seminars is the Director of the Cancer Council Victoria, Professor David Hill, Director of Communications, Ms Jane Sullivan and Fundraising spokesperson, Mr Rob Petrie.

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

Mr Petrie will highlight the amazing work that the Ballarat and Ararat communities have done to support recent fundraising events such as Daffodil Day and Call To Arms. He will also outline some upcoming local opportunities, such as Girls Night In and 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 seminars are 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 10am and 4pm.