South West residents can join the global fight against cancer by using World Cancer Day on 4 February to commit to healthier lifestyles and behaviours.

“Not smoking or quitting smoking, regular exercise, enjoying a balanced diet and reducing alcohol consumption are all steps you can take to lead a healthier life and reduce the risk of cancer,” South West Hospital and Health Service Cancer Care Nurse Unit Manager Elizabeth Schuh said.

“It’s also important to be sun smart, participate in relevant health screening clinics and follow your doctor’s advice around immunisation.

“With a third of cancers being potentially preventable, World Cancer Day is a great opportunity to make a commitment to reducing your own risk of disease and improve your wellbeing.

“But we also want our communities to know that support is readily available close to home for those currently living with cancer.

“We have a dedicated team who offer low-risk chemotherapy from the Charleville, Roma and St George Hospitals, thereby reducing the need to travel for some patients,” Ms Schuh said.

“And we provide ongoing support to cancer patients who need to travel away from home to larger centres for more complex treatment.

“Whether it’s in person or over the phone, we can offer advice to help manage symptoms or side-affects.

“We can connect patients to other relevant support services, liaise with GPs or other health professionals, organise travel and accommodation as needed and provide support with paperwork.

“We want our community to know we are here to provide whatever assistance we can during cancer treatment and are committed to delivering personalised care to each of our patients and their families.”

• For more information on World Cancer Day please visit www.worldcancerday.org

For further information contact:
Stephanie Kay
Public Affairs Officer
South West Hospital and Health Service
0447 645 315
Stephanie.Kay@health.qld.gov.au