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Researchers tackle Indigenous lung cancer

Date posted: 31 August 2012

Queensland doctors are planning a program to reduce lung cancer death rates in remote Indigenous communities.

The Prince Charles Hospital has been awarded $88,000 in federal funds to complement existing respiratory outreach services. The research program will operate in communities including Palm Island.

Lung specialist Kwun Fong says lung cancer rates in Indigenous communities are up to 30 per cent higher than in other areas. 'The geographical issue is always important, people don't like to travel and that's one of the factors we're looking at but also the cultural expectation and the sensitivities of the Indigenous cultures is another factor.'

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 19 September 2012
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