Locals touched by cancer invited to free forum

CANCER Council Queensland is reaching out to Gold Coast locals affected by cancer through a free community education forum on asbestos-related cancers, and melanoma.

Cancer on the Coast will be held on Friday June 20, (9am-2.30pm) at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The free information forum seeks to increase community understanding of melanoma and asbestos-related conditions including mesothelioma, while offering support and information to patients, families, friends and carers.


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Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encouraged the community to attend, especially if they had unanswered questions or concerns about asbestos related cancers or melanoma.

“The forum will provide information and support for those who have been affected, while creating an opportunity to meet with other people dealing with the same issues,” Ms Clift said.

“Both asbestos-related cancers and melanoma affect many people in our community, and it is vital they feel informed about all available treatment options, support services, and clinical trials.

“Figures show that Australia has the highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma in the world and it’s estimated that up to 18,000 Australian’s are likely to die from this disease by 2020.

“In 2010 in Queensland alone, 120 men and 27 women were diagnosed with mesothelioma, and cases are on the rise.

“Melanoma figures are also of concern. With more than 460 new cases on the Gold Coast each year, it is the second most common cancer diagnosed in the region.”

Guest speakers of the day include Professor Nico van Zandwijk of the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, and Dr Keith Horwood and Dr Andrew Dellar.

Speaking on melanoma care and treatment includes oncologists Dr Andrew Hill and Mr Andrew McFadzen.

Spaces are limited, and locals are encouraged to register and reserve a seat, by phoning 1300 88 44 50. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.