Cancer Council NSW supports Chinese community this Year of the Dragon

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Cancer Council NSW has once again partnered with the Chinese community to provide support and celebrate courage, innovation, bravery and passion as they prepare to welcome the Year of the Dragon this Chinese New Year.

CEO of Cancer Council NSW, Dr Andrew Penman, said the organisation shares many of the Dragon’s attributes and is absolutely committed to supporting and working with the Chinese community across the state to defeat cancer.

“Cancer does not discriminate. It’s a disease that stretches to all communities and cultures, and will affect one in two people in Australia by age 85,” he said.

“Mandarin is the fastest growing language spoken at home in NSW and Cancer Council will work with the community to defeat cancer through prevention, research, support, advocacy and information services.

“The B-Positive Project, supported by local community groups, councils and doctors, is an example of the work Cancer Council NSW is doing to help the Chinese community. It is the first pilot project of its kind in Australia to reach out to those affected by hepatitis B and liver cancer which is the result of infection,” he said.

Cancer Council NSW work closely with the Chinese Australian Support Services (CASS) and CanRevive, and have a number of resources and publications in Chinese to ensure the Chinese community can access cancer support services easily and without any language barriers.

Additionally, nurses and health professionals at Cancer Council’s Helpline 13 14 50 can answer all questions about all cancers through the TIS National telephone interpreting service.

Cancer Council’s Mandarin and Cantonese-speaking nurse can also provide help and answer any queries about cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and the range of support services available.

“I really encourage the Chinese community to take advantage of our support and information services. We are here to help.

“May the Year of the Dragon give you courage and hope to face cancer. This year, let’s beat cancer together,” Dr Penman said.

Free information is also available from Cancer Council NSW’s stall at the Chinese New Year Festival at Chatswood Mall on Saturday, 21st January.


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