Research Finds Regional And Remote SA Battling Higher Cancer Mortality Rate

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Cancer Council SA have launched a new fundraising campaign this week to support regional South Australians in their battle with cancer.

Research has shown that South Australians cancer mortality rate within five years of diagnosis in more severe the further they live from the city.

According to the Australian Cancer Atlas, regional South Australians are losing their lives due to cancer at a higher rate, with Port Augusta’s excess cancer death rate at eight percent above the Australian average.

The research, undertaken by Professor David Roder from the University of South Australia, highlights the gap in outcomes between those living in regional SA and their metro counterparts, and can allegedly be put down to the cost of travel and accommodation in the city, combined with the extra pressure it can place on families, which can lead to prematurely ending treatment.

The new fundraising campaign is hoping to raise vital funds to support the organisation’s new integrated cancer building at 202 Greenhill Road Eastwood, combining research and support services with 120 rooms of accommodation for regional and remote South Australians travelling to Adelaide for treatment.

The campaign will enable South Australians to show their support by purchasing 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 13 11 20 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.  

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