Joining forces to beat cancer

CANCER survivor Kerrie Ann Gray says a new partnership between Ballina Shire Council and The Cancer Council NSW will 'ease the minds of a lot of worried people'.

The Alstonville woman's comments come as the council has gone into partnership with The Cancer Council NSW in a bid to reduce the impact of cancer on residents.

“I am proud that Ballina Shire Council is taking part in this important health initiative,” Ms Gray said.

“I am sure that it will help save lives and ease a lot of worried peoples' minds in the future.”

Ballina mayor Phillip Silver said the council welcomed the partnership and its potential to improve the health and wellbeing of Ballina Shire residents.

“By working in this partnership we can lower the impact of cancer in Ballina Shire,” Cr Silver said.

“One-in-three people will get cancer in their lifetime, so it is important we are proactive about preventing cancer and helping cancer patients in our own community.

“We've already been working with The Cancer Council closely over several years on initiatives such as Relay For Life.”

The Community Partnerships program in Ballina Shire will include vital sun safety advice to childcare centres and workplaces, and skin cancer awareness programs for older citizens.

Diana Fisher, programs co-ordinator for The Cancer Council's Far North Coast regional office, congratulated the council for taking a proactive step to help make its community cancer smart.

“For a small amount of effort and time, and almost no out-of-pocket expense, councils can reap big health benefits for its community,” she said.

Each year about 1700 people are diagnosed with cancer on the Northern Rivers.

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