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Date posted: 12 September 2012
Australian singer Christine Anu is hoping her own family's cancer story will encourage Aboriginal families to be more aware about the disease.
Ms Anu was special guest at a women's health and cancer information day in Narrandera, New South Wales yesterday and says she wants to let Indigenous women know it is okay to talk about cancer and seek help.
Ms Anu says almost every family in Australia has been affected by cancer, sharing the story of her aunt, who died from lung cancer.
'She didn't really look after her health regularly and it's one of those things, it's not going to go away,' she said. 'So it's about community growth, by starting the conversation and we need to be informed, and the more we're informed, the more we know and the more we know, that health gap will be bridged.'
The day at Narrandera has been praised for helping to close the gap in health care between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.
Ms Anu says many Aboriginal families are conservative in their views and they need to know support is available for people and their loved ones battling cancer.
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