Can­cer So­ci­ety’s ser­vices are needed more than ever

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

The Can­cer So­ci­ety held its tra­di­tional Daf­fodil Day last Fri­day.

Last year 23,000 New Zealan­ders were di­ag­nosed with can­cer, this rep­re­sents an in­crease of al­most 30 per cent in the past 10 years. This is ex­pected to in­crease by a fur­ther 61 per cent by 2035.

“Today can­cer af­fects one in three Ki­wis, in the not too dis­tant fu­ture it is pre­dicted to af­fect one in two. This is not a tar­get we should be aim­ing to achieve,” says Debra El­gar, CE, Can­cer So­ci­ety Cen­tral Dis­tricts.

“New Zealand has the high­est rates of me­lanoma in the world and one of the high­est rates of bowel can­cer. Sadly, these are only two ex­am­ples of why our ser­vices have never been more rel­e­vant or in de­mand.

“Through­out the Cen­tral Dis­tricts we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing more and more peo­ple en­gag­ing with the Can­cer So­ci­ety to help nav­i­gate the prac­ti­cal and emo­tional toll of a can­cer di­ag­no­sis. Whether some­one needs ad­vice and guid­ance, some­where to stay dur­ing treat­ment, ac­cess to sup­port groups or a ride to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment, the Can­cer So­ci­ety of­fers a wide-range ser­vices that would not oth­er­wise be avail­able across our re­gion.

“This is why Daf­fodil Day re­ally is the most im­por­tant event in our cal­en­dar. With­out the gen­eros­ity of New Zealan­ders, and the 2006 lo­cal vol­un­teers out on our streets en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do­nate this Fri­day we would not be able to con­tinue to meet the growth in de­mand for all our ser­vices.

“With the help of our won­der­ful donors, we are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing any­one that needs our sup­port, any­where across the Cen­tral Dis­tricts, will re­ceive it. No one should ever face can­cer alone.

“Trag­i­cally 9500 peo­ple die from can­cer each year in New Zealand — 31 per cent of all deaths recorded in New Zealand are can­cer re­lated, but we are also see­ing sur­vival rates in­creas­ing. This is great news and some­thing the so­ci­ety and health­care ser­vices are striv­ing hard to achieve, but it also places additional de­mand on our re­sources. Our back to work pro­grammes and sup­port ser­vices like coun­selling are un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure.”

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Horowhenua Can­cer So­ci­ety vol­un­teers at a stall in Levin Mall.

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