5 February 2018

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is pleased to announce a new initiative aiming to get local people talking about cancer with their friends, family and health professionals.

The ‘Let’s Talk about Cancer’ pop-up shop is open from 6 February to 3 March 2018, providing a welcoming space for people to come in and talk to friendly, trained staff and volunteers about how to prevent and detect cancer.

People will be able to discuss:

  • Lifestyle changes that can help to prevent cancers
  • Their family history
  • Screening services available
  • Symptoms and signs to talk to their doctor about

The initiative is a partnership between NWMPHN, Western Health, IPC Health, Cancer Council Victoria and the State Government of Victoria, to help reduce the incidence of cancer in our community and increase early detection rates.

Nearly 11,000 Victorians died from cancer in 2015 and almost 32,000 were diagnosed. NWMPHN CEO Adjunct Associate Professor Christopher Carter said prevention and early detection are crucial to bringing these numbers down.

“Around one-third of cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes such as healthier diets, reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking and avoiding excessive sun exposure,” A/Prof Carter said.

“Using cancer-screening services is also crucial – the sooner cancer is detected, the more effective options there are for treatment.

“This initiative aims to get people talking about cancer with their GP, friends and family, conversations which could save their lives.”

Launch event – Wednesday 14 February 2018

Please join Natalie Suleyman MP, as well as representatives from our partners, local government and our health community as we officially launch the Let’s Talk About Cancer pop-up shop at Shop 33, Sunshine Plaza, 324 Hampshire Road Sunshine.

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What: The launch of the Let’s Talk About Cancer pop-up shop, an innovative cancer-information project in Melbourne’s West.
When: Wednesday 14 February, 10:45am for an 11am start.
Where: Shop 33 Sunshine Plaza, 324 Hampshire Rd Sunshine 3020

For regular updates, follow Let’s Talk About Cancer on Facebook.

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