Cancer Council SA to build new integrated cancer building
The stats don't lie. Regional South Australian's are more likely to die within five years of a cancer diagnosis the further they live from the city.
New research, undertaken by Professor David Roder AM from the University of South Australia, highlights the huge gap in outcomes between those living in regional and remote South Australia and their metro counterparts.
The data shows regional South Australians are losing their lives due to cancer at a higher rate than the Australian average. In the Port Lincoln area, the excess cancer death rate is 32 per cent above the Australian average. In the Waikerie area, it’s 13 per cent higher and in Port Augusta, it’s eight per cent higher.
Cancer Council SA Board Chair The Hon Karlene Maywald says the cancer burden for regional South Australians is a huge concern.
“We know that the cost of travel and accommodation in the city means many regional South Australians may end their treatment prematurely," says Maywald.
"Combined with the extra pressure this places on families, it also has detrimental impacts on the regional patient's chances of survival.”
To combat this gap, Cancer Council SA has launched a new fundraising campaign to raise vital funds to support the organisation’s new integrated cancer building at 202 Greenhill Road Eastwood.
The new facility will give every South Australian impacted by cancer a better chance to survive their diagnosis.
The new project will combine cancer research, prevention and support services alongside 120 rooms of supportive accommodation for regional and remote South Australians travelling to Adelaide for cancer treatment.
"The past generosity of South Australian's has ensured this facility can be built and construction work is going on right now," said Maywald.
"The State government, despite these COVID times, made sure we were able to continue to build the facility thanks to a $10 million grant."
Ms Maywald says that having all of Cancer Council SA’s services and supports under one roof will ensure that every South Australian, regardless of where they live, or where they are in their cancer experience, has the best chance of survival.
The Cancer Council SA has now turned its attention to fitting out the 120-bed facility to make it feel homely for those who will utilise it.
South Australian's can support the campaign by providing funds to purchase items and equipment to fit out the new building.
From microwaves for regional guests to heat up a meal after a long day of treatment, to chairs for Cancer Council nurses to sit on to provide vital information and support, every product will make a difference to the lives of South Australians impacted by cancer.
"Through purchasing a product or making a donation, you can help us fill our new building with essential equipment that will create a home away from home for all South Australians impacted by cancer for generations to come,” Maywald said.
For more information on Cancer Council’s new building or to show your support visit 202greenhill.com.au