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  • Cancer Council SA travels to Yorke Peninsula

    22 November 2016

    Cancer Council SA is on the road to Kadina and Wallaroo in late November, thanking the community for their support, visiting local health professionals and talking with the community about our services.

    The Yorke Peninsula community has made a significant contribution in the fight to beat cancer through involvement as volunteers, Ambassadors and fundraisers for Cancer Council SA.

    The visit, next Tuesday 29 November, will see Cancer Council SA’s prevention team visit Wallaroo to provide a cancer prevention presentation, while also visiting the local medical practice to discuss the Cancer Screening Checklist Trial* which has been implemented for the past 12 months.

    The team will then make two similar visits in Kadina during the afternoon at the local medical clinic, along with a prevention presentation at the local library.

    Cancer Council SA will also have a member from its community engagement team to visit local supporters and also present ‘thank you’ certificates to some of its long term VIP fundraisers.

    These visits come following a successful visit to Port Augusta, Whyalla and Port Pirie in October.

    Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said that it was important to speak to the community about how their involvement is helping to beat cancer and how everyone can do something to reduce their cancer risk.

    “A cancer diagnosis presents many challenges for people living in regional areas, as well as impacting their family and friends,” Mr Size said.

    “There are more than 9,400 South Australians diagnosed with cancer each year, and it is essential that we raise awareness and inform people throughout the state about how they can reduce their cancer risk.

    “We appreciate the continued support that Cancer Council SA receives from regional areas including the Yorke Peninsula, through a variety of fundraising and volunteer commitments.

    “Our team is looking forward to meeting people and meeting many of our wonderful fundraisers.”

    Cancer Council SA would also like to remind people on the Yorke Peninsula that they have access to a range of free support services, provided by qualified professionals to help people affected by cancer.

    Cancer Council SA nurse counsellors speak with more than 1,000 regional callers each year who seek information and support through Cancer Council 13 11 20. Our accommodation service, Cancer Council Lodges, is an important service for regional South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.

    Cancer Council Lodges offer a ‘home away from home’ for guests, and provide access to free transport to cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay. In the last 12 months, 11,916 room nights of accommodation was provided to guests from the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North.

    * The Cancer Screening Checklist Trial is designed to encourage local country communities to discuss their current cancer screening options with their GP and to remind those 50 or over to participate in relevant cancer screening programs.

    The trial is a Cancer Council SA initiative that has been developed with funding and assistance from  Country SA PHN and supported by General Practice in the area.
     

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