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New initiative launched to increase cancer screening for Chinese community in Melbourne’s east

Monday 28 September, 2015

A new initiative launched today aims to increase breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening for the Chinese community in Box Hill.

The project aims to improve screening rates by increasing awareness and knowledge of cancer screening among the Chinese community in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. The project will also work with health professionals to improve cancer screening efforts and support the community to access screening services.

Nisha Srinivasan, Manager of the Under Screened Recruitment Program said the program is working extensively with the community. "After months of consultation with local community experts, we're confident we've found the best ways to increase cancer screening in this Chinese community," she said.

Some of the initiatives include training local ambassadors to spread messages about the importance of cancer screening with their community and developing new resources in Mandarin that explain why cancer screening can save lives.

Dorothy Yiu OAM, Director of the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria said the new initiative would reach an important part of her community.

"While many fear even speaking about cancer in the Chinese community, prevention is better than cure.

"This new initiative will bring more knowledge to Melbourne's eastern suburbs around cancer screening and hopefully with time we will learn that not talking about cancer actually does more harm than good," Mrs Yiu said.

Councillor Robert Chong AM from the City of Whitehorse helped launch the event: "We are so pleased to have the Chinese Cancer Screening Project in the City of Whitehorse.

"Our community voiced its concerns about cancer and as a result we have been fortunate enough to be selected for this new initiative that we hope will save lives through the early detection of cancer," Councillor Chong said.

Chinese version of media release

The Chinese Cancer Screening Project is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and is implemented by Cancer Council Victoria in partnership with the Chinese Cancer Society of Victoria, PapScreen Victoria, BreastScreen Victoria, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and the Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry.