Don't Delay – Campaign Resources

Campaign key messaging:

  • Amidst public concern about the risk of Covid-19 infection it is understandable that Victorians may be anxious about visiting their doctor or attending follow-up appointments.
  • There is increasing concerns that people with signs of cancer, and other health conditions, may not be contacting their GPs to discuss new symptoms. This delay could mean people present later with more complicated and progressed cancer, making treatment options more challenging.
  • Health services have implemented infection control and health professionals are doing all they can to ensure it is safe to attend appointments if you need to.
  • Other medical issues don’t stop because of Covid-19. Don’t delay medical appointments, as symptoms being investigated promptly might just save your life.
  • During what is already a difficult time, it is vitally important that people look after their health. Early detection of all cancers is an important factor for following treatment and outcomes.

VCR data messaging:

  • Data from the Victorian Cancer Registry shows that cancer pathology notifications declined for all tumour streams up to 27 per cent, during the last lockdown. (From end of March to end of June)
  • Melanoma pathology notifications in Victoria declined up to 31 per cent between April and June.
  • Melanoma services are seeing fewer referrals, and patients are presenting with more advanced disease, since the beginning of COVID-19.
  • We expect to see similar patterns of decline during this second lockdown.
  • Sun protection is required again in Victoria from mid-August, so remember to use five forms of sun protection when you’re getting your daily exercise/relaxing in the garden, whenever the UV is 3 or higher. You can find the UV level on the free SunSmart or Bureau of Meteorology apps.
    • Slip on sun protective clothing
    • Slop on SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
    • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
    • Seek shade
    • Slide on sunglasses

Media release

Find the "Don't Delay" campaign media release on our website.

Social Media

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Twitter

It's understandable to be anxious about visiting your doctor at this time, however detecting and treating cancer early can save your life. Health workers are doing everything possible to make care safe: https://bit.ly/3hbAJPU #DontDelayGetChecked

Health services have implemented infection control and health professionals are doing all they can to ensure it is safe to attend doctor appointments if you need to: https://bit.ly/3aCYXjl #DontDelayGetChecked

During what is already a difficult time, it is vitally important that people look after their health. Early detection of all cancers is an important factor for following treatment and outcomes. https://bit.ly/3aCYSw3 #DontDelayGetChecked

Other medical issues won’t stop because of Covid-19. Don’t delay medical appointments, as investigating symptoms promptly might just save your life: https://bit.ly/3aD33rL #DontDelayGetChecked

Facebook/LinkedIn

It’s understandable to be anxious about visiting the doctor or attending follow-up appointments at this time, however detecting and treating cancer early can save your life. Health workers are doing everything possible to make care safe, so if you have any symptoms, don’t delay talking to a doctor: https://bit.ly/2Q2WDZJ #DontDelayGetChecked

Instagram

It’s understandable to be anxious about visiting the doctor or attending follow-up appointments at this time, however detecting and treating cancer early can save your life. Health workers are doing everything possible to make care safe, so if you have any symptoms, don’t delay talking to a doctor. Visit cancervic.org.au for more. #DontDelayGetChecked

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