October 2016

1 in 3 Cancers Prevention Campaign

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In Australia approximately 37,000, or one third of cancer cases each year are preventable.

We all know about the dangers of smoking and sun exposure. Evidence now shows that just as many cancer cases are caused by a combination of the following lifestyle choices as smoking:

o Drinking too much alcohol
o Being overweight
o A lack of physical activity
o Eating too much red and processed meat
o Not eating enough fruit and vegetables.

Take the Cancer Risk Quiz to find out how your lifestyle choices are affecting your cancer risk.


Message from CEO Jim L’Estrange

Jim L'Estrange, CEO Cancer Council NSWThis will be my last message in Volunteer Voice as I step down as CEO of Cancer Council NSW.

Over the last three years, I have had the privilege of meeting so many of you and I have always been inspired by your energy and enthusiasm. You dedicate your time selflessly to help us achieve our vision that together we will beat cancer.

And together we have achieved some amazing things.

We have contributed almost $15 million every year into funding and conducting world-class research.

We have provided people with the information and support they need to cope better with cancer.

We have worked to prevent cancer in the NSW community by encouraging people to lead healthy, cancer-smart lifestyles – because we know that preventing cancer is one of the most effective ways of beating cancer.

Our new “1 in 3 Cancers” Prevention Campaign looks at all the ways in which people can reduce their cancer risk through healthier lifestyle choices – it is great for Cancer Council NSW to be taking the lead in this important area. I encourage you all to visit the website to check out the campaign and take the Cancer Risk Quiz.

Your commitment, passion and knowledge has been pivotal in all these things and many more.

I know Jeff Mitchell, who is already a Board member and will be the new CEO, will continue to work with you and our staff to keep doing amazing work.

I hope your time with Cancer Council NSW continues to be positive, enjoyable and rewarding and I sincerely thank you for all your support.



Support the thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers

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Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day raises awareness of the thousands of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Funds raised on the day go towards breast and gynaecological cancer research, support services, prevention and advocacy programs.

You can show your support for anyone affected by a breast and gynaecological cancer by volunteering on Pink Ribbon Day on Friday 21 October at one of our sites across NSW. You can also get friends and family involved by working as volunteers on your site.

Get involved in Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day by wearing a pink ribbon, signing up to volunteer and buying merchandise either online or at a community stall.

If you’re unable to volunteer on the official day but still want to support Pink Ribbon, you can also:

• Host a Girls’ Night In during October or November
• Host a Pink Ribbon Fundraiser
• Take part in Pink Ribbon Yoga


Benefits of volunteering

Discounted movie tickets at Event Cinemas. Cancer Council NSW volunteers and employees can now purchase Event Cinema movie tickets for $14.50, which is a discount of up to 35%.

You can purchase movie tickets through your local office by emailing benefits@nswcc.org.au .

Click here to check out other benefits on offer for Cancer Council NSW volunteers.


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Healthy Living After Cancer

Woman exercisingGetting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Our Healthy Living After Cancer program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced health consultants.

The program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you.


Tour of Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

albury wodonga regional cancer cantreAlbury Wodonga Cancer Council Information Service (CCIS) volunteers recently toured through the brand new Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre. From the state of the art multi-disciplinary team room, to the three radiation treatment bunkers, volunteers were treated to a preview of what was to come before the Albury Wodonga CCIS commenced operations in the new facility last month.

The volunteers were so impressed, suggesting that the facility “…is what you would expect to see in a metropolitan area, but is right here in Albury!”

Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre hosts all cancer-related services for the region with a 30-bed inpatient ward, 30 chemotherapy chairs, radiotherapy services, research unit, professional offices and a wellness centre.

The building surrounds an atrium, filled with plants and greenery, which also allows the hospital to be flooded with natural light. Artwork is featured throughout, on loan from the Albury City Council ‘Mama Collection’, making for a pleasant distraction for those visiting the Centre for extended periods of time.

The CCIS team will be located at the entrance of the Cancer Centre, which will maximise accessibility to our services and offer more opportunities for our fabulous volunteers.


Upcoming events: Seven Bridges Walk, Girls’ Night In, and Relay For Life.

seven_bridges_120Now into its eleventh year, the annual Cancer Council NSW Seven Bridges Walk returns to Sydney on Sunday 30 October 2016.

The event is a great way to see Sydney, get active, join a great community activity and raise much needed funds for Cancer Council NSW.

The 27km walk takes in breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour with seven villages along the course.


girls night inWomen have never needed an excuse to get together, but if ever there was one it’s this.

Hosting a Girls’ Night In during October is a great way to gather your friends and raise vital funds to help Cancer Council beat women’s cancers at the same time. Getting started is super easy.

Find out more here.



27102013 - Blacktown RFL TeamRelay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services.

Relay is a chance for your community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer, and to raise money to help save more lives.


Healthy tip

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Spring is finally here and we’ve started the season off with some beautiful weather across the state. But while some people may not be thinking about sun protection just yet, Spring is an especially important time to be aware of ultra violet (UV) exposure.

UV levels are on the rise at this time of year, so it’s important that everyone in NSW understands that it’s UV – not heat, wind or sunlight – that causes skin damage and is the major cause of skin cancer.

When the UV levels are 3 or above, sun protection is a must; slip on sun-safe clothing, slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen, slap on a sun-safe hat, seek shade and slide on your sunnies!


In the news

Cancer Council NSW’s PR team distributes a daily summary of cancer stories that are gaining attention in the media that day.

This is a useful resource to stay up-to-date with news relevant to Cancer Council NSW staff, volunteers and supporters across research, prevention, advocacy, support and fundraising.

To subscribe to the daily cancer news, please email prteam@nswcc.org.au with the subject Subscribe.

For a preview of the range of stories covered on a daily basis, visit here.