More people needed to fight cancer

Blacktown Community Cancer Network is searching for new members to help support cancer prevention strategies in the Blacktown area, which has a higher than average mortality rate for diagnosed cancers.

Cancer Council figures show that of the 5115 new cases of prostate, breast, lung, colon and other cancers diagnosed between 2004 and 2008 in the Blacktown local government area, 1934 deaths were recorded.

Chairwoman of the network Kathie Collins said the group’s current projects include one to secure more transport to and from treatment for cancer patients in partnership with Blacktown Community Transport. 

Past efforts include education-focused events with guest speakers and fund-raising.

Ms Collins said there are currently eight people on the network’s committee. 

Those who don’t wish to join the committee but would like to contribute are also welcome to attend the meeting.

‘‘For people with cancer it’s a little more constructive than saying to your best friend ‘I felt terrible’ or I didn’t like the way that was handled’ and that’s as far as it goes,’’ she said.

‘‘If they come to the meeting and make the comment to us we can go back to the appropriate section of the Cancer Council or the place that it was and give that information to them to do something about it.’’

‘The Blacktown Community Cancer Network will meet at Blacktown Council meeting room 1, 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, on Monday, February 18, 4.30pm. 

Details: 0414194052.