The festive season can be a challenging time for Gold Coasters affected by cancer, and so the Cancer Council is reminding locals that support is just a phone call away.
Around 1860 calls were received by the Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 hotline during last year’s holiday period (December 2015 to January 2016), including more than 200 from people living on the Gold Coast.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said: “With the focus on festivities and family at this time of year, it can be particularly hard for those who have lost someone to cancer, who are experiencing a cancer diagnosis or caring for someone with cancer.
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“One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland – in the Gold Coast region alone, more than 3400 people are diagnosed each year and around 1000 die from the disease.
“We want Gold Coast locals to know that they are not alone during this time and that help is just a phone call away,” said Ms Clift.
Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays), the Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 hotline is a free, confidential service that’s open from 9am – 5pm weekdays (excluding public holidays).