In May, more than 7,300
generous supporters gathered their loved ones, workmates and communities
together and hosted an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. I have really enjoyed hearing stories from hosts
like Brigitte and would like to personally thank everyone who took part. So far
you have raised more than $3 million to fund our important work in cancer
research, prevention and support.
Empowering people to
reduce their cancer risk is a passion of mine – because one third of all
cancers can be prevented. In the last Breakthrough Bulletin I talked about our
commitment to increase the number of Victorians taking part in the free National
Bowel Screening program.
Thanks to a generous
donation from the Hynam family, who shared our vision, we were able to launch a
campaign in July to increase participation in this life-saving program. Now we
need you to help us spread the word and urge friends and family to do the home
test. Just by improving participation rates by 10 per cent, we could save
thousands of Victorian lives.
Also, thanks to you, we’ve
been able to continue to recruit people into the Australian
Breakthrough Cancer Study, which is
investigating the causes of cancer and other diseases. If you’re 40-74 years of
age and have never had cancer, visit abcstudy.com.au to find out how you can
In this edition: we bust
some myths around sun protection to help protect you and your loved ones this
summer, look at expert versus public opinion on healthy foods, and share with
you the results of a new study into breast cancer risk for women.
I hope this edition gives
you the information you need to reduce your cancer risk, makes you aware of the
many services available for people with cancer, and lets you know how much of a
difference you’re making and how much we truly appreciate your loyal support.