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Australian Government builds support networks for people with cancer.

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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Australian Government builds support networks for people with cancer

A new service officially launched in Mildura today will provide support and resources for people affected by cancer in the region, thanks to an Australian Government grant.

Sunraysia Cancer Resources officially opened its doors today, providing information, resources and a contact point for people living with cancer in far South-west NSW, including the Balranald and Wentworth Shires, and North-west Victoria including Mildura Rural City Council, which extends to Robinvale, Ouyen and Werrimull.

The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest said the Sunraysia project is one of 27 projects across Australia funded as part of the Australian Government’s Strengthening Cancer Care initiative.

“Almost two million dollars has been provided through the Building Cancer Support Networks program to support groups and organisations across Australia to establish new groups or services to help people with cancer in their communities,” Mr Forrest said.

“Support groups play an important role in helping people affected by cancer during and after treatment. The contribution made by community-based cancer organisations has led to improvements in cancer prevention through increased awareness and much needed support for people affected by cancer,” he said.

Projects funded by the Australian Government’s Building Cancer Support Networks program include development of specific services for people with gynaecological, lung, pancreatic and bowel cancers, and for young people with cancer.

The Strengthening Cancer Care initiative, which included the Building Cancer Support Networks program, allocated $189.4 million over the five years to 2008-09 to ensure better coordination of the national cancer effort with more research funding for cancer, better support for those living with cancer, enhanced cancer prevention and screening programs and better support for cancer care professionals.

The program is now managed by Cancer Australia, the new Australian Government agency established to reduce the impact of cancer on the community

In Australia, one in three men and one in four women will be directly affected by cancer before the age of 75. Each year, cancer causes more than a quarter of all premature deaths.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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