“I had breast cancer two years ago and the only reason I got checked was because my husband forced me to go to an appointment. I was lucky because the tumour was only the size of a grain of rice and I recovered after chemotherapy. I didn’t know much about cancer because it was never spoken about with our mob even though four of my aunties were diagnosed with cancer – two with bowel cancer; one with cervical cancer; and one with breast cancer.” Indigenous cancer survivor Mrs Adelaide Saylor, from Queensland.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Indigenous Australians.
- Indigenous Australians are at greater risk of receiving a cancer diagnosis and 50 % more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous Australians.
- The most common cancers among Indigenous Australians are cancers of the lung, breast, prostate, bowel and cervical cancers.
At Menzies, our Center of Research Excellence in Cancer was formed to address the knowledge gaps in which models of care are most effective and which aspects of health service design and delivery could be modified to improve cancer outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
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