Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

We have all been touched by cancer in some way. Sadly, I’ve lost mem­bers of my fam­ily to cancer – we’re work­ing hard to en­sure you don’t lose yours too.

I also want ev­ery Queens­lan­der, whether they live in Mount Isa or the Gold Coast, in ru­ral or metro ar­eas, to have the same level of ser­vice and ac­cess to treat­ments.

More than 27,000 Queens­lan­ders are di­ag­nosed with cancer each year and trag­i­cally, 8700 lose their life to the dis­ease.

11 years ago I lost my mother-in-law to lym­phoma. Our fam­ily was right by her side through­out her en­tire cancer jour­ney, nurs­ing her un­til she passed away.No one should have to ex­pe­ri­ence the pain and suf­fer­ing of cancer.

When a loved one is di­ag­nosed with cancer, you ride that emo­tional roller coaster with them.

I’ve felt the hope, stress and grief of a cancer jour­ney first hand – and have al­ways wanted to do what I could to stop cancer dev­as­tat­ing other fam­i­lies. I’m sure you do too. The good news is cancer sur­vival rates are im­prov­ing. Five-year rel­a­tive sur­vival rates for all types of cancer is the high­est we’ve ever seen it – at around 70 per

cent. We will con­tinue our quest to im­prove cancer sur­vivor­ship across the state – know­ing that cancer re­search is our only hope of beat­ing this dis­ease once and for all.

Last year Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land in­vested $10.5 mil­lion into life­sav­ing re­search projects, fo­cus­ing on a va­ri­ety of cancer types from those com­monly di­ag­nosed, to those less preva­lent, but still just as dev­as­tat­ing.

Our re­searchers are at the fore­front of cancer re­search, lead­ing the way in the fight against cancer. Their work is sav­ing lives. The hope of a cancer free fu­ture spurs us on and is the rea­son we raise vi­tal funds to in­vest back into cancer con­trol mea­sures. With con­tin­ued sup­port from the com­mu­nity, will beat cancer. Will you part­ner with us to make a dif­fer­ence – for our loved ones af­fected by cancer, and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions?

Ev­ery dol­lar helps fund more ef­fec­tive treat­ments for cancer pa­tientst o helps im­prove sur­vival rates and en­sure Queens­lan­ders have ac­cess to prac­ti­cal and emo­tional sup­port ser­vices at a time of need. Your gen­eros­ity will save lives. To sup­port the work of Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land, visit can­ do­nate-now.

Chris McMil­lan, CEO, Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land

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