Want to help improve cancer outcomes? Get your COVID-19 vaccination
By Cancer Council NSW
The evidence is clear – optimal vaccine coverage is key to controlling COVID-19 in NSW.
Evidence is also strengthening that COVID-19 poses a threat to cancer outcomes.
Because of this, Cancer Council NSW is calling on the community to roll up their sleeves and help achieve optimal COVID-19 vaccine coverage, to help reduce the risks of long-term COVID-19 impacts on cancer outcomes.
Director of Cancer Prevention and Advocacy, Anita Dessaix, said it was important for Cancer Council NSW, as an independent, evidence-based health promotion charity, to promote the need to achieve optimal vaccine coverage as soon as possible.
“During the 2020 lockdown, we saw disruptions to cancer screening services and program participation which is aimed at detecting cancer earlier. We know COVID-19 can be especially harmful if contracted by individuals undergoing cancer treatment,” Ms Dessaix said.
“While there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there, the evidence is clear that vaccines work and that accelerating the control of COVID-19 will support our focus on controlling cancer, which remains the leading cause of premature death in the state.”
Ms Dessaix said that while it was a matter for governments to deliver the vaccine rollout and make decisions on public health orders, it was in everyone’s interests to optimise vaccine coverage.
“Vaccines are among the most successful public health measures in history in relation to disease control and increasing human life expectancy,” she said.
“For example, human papillomavirus vaccine is pivotal to our goal of eliminating cervical cancer, while poor access to vaccines for hepatitis B is a key reason liver cancer is more prevalent in developing countries and disadvantaged communities.”
People living with cancer should discuss their COVID-19 vaccine requirements with their doctor.
Now is an ideal time for someone who is due for their bowel screening to complete the test. The bowel cancer screening test is done at home, with the sample sent in the mail.
COVID-19 has made life even more challenging for people affected by cancer, with increased levels of emotional and financial stress. Cancer Council is here to help.