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Cancer threat in remote communities highlighted

Date posted: 4 February 2014

Associate Professor Gail Garvey, a expert in the field of Indigenous health has used World Cancer Day to call on all levels of government to focus more on the prevention and treatment of cancer in remote communities.

Associate Professor Garvey, has led research programs which has explored the reasons for the higher mortality rates from cancer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in comparison to their non-Indigenous counterparts.

Her concerns come after the World Health Organisation (WHO) released a new report, showing there were an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases around the world in 2012 and it forecasts this to grow to 19.3 million new cases per year by 2025.

Dr Garvey has told Michael Kenny Indigenous Australians are among those at greatest risk of contracting the often deadly illness, but often have nowhere to turn to for support. Click on link below to hear full story.

Source: SBS Podcasts


Last updated: 4 February 2014
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