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New lung cancer resource for Indigenous Australians

December 8, 2015

Cancer Australia has recently launched Our Lungs, Our Mob, to increase knowledge and awareness of lung cancer in rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, with Indigenous Australians 70% more likely to die from lung cancer than non-Indigenous Australians. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and currently, 42% of Indigenous Australians smoke on a daily basis, compared with 16% of non-Indigenous Australians.

With two Indigenous Australians diagnosed every day, lung cancer is also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and is more common in more remote areas.

The Our Lungs, Our Mob is available on the Cancer Australia website and interactive kiosks in Aboriginal health services and youth centres across Australia. Our Lungs, Our Mob features personal stories from Indigenous people with a lived experience of lung cancer, including singer/songwriter Archie Roach. It and provides important information on:

  • risk factors
  • prevention and early detection
  • lung cancer symptoms and
  • who to see when experiencing symptoms of lung cancer.

Our Lungs, Our Mob is an important resource for Indigenous communities because it reinforces lung cancer awareness messages in an accessible way,” said Associate Professor Noel Hayman, Clinical Director at the Inala Indigenous Health Service.

“Having an interactive touchscreen resource in our health service allows our patients to hear positive messages from people with a lived experience of lung cancer, and receive expert advice on what to look out for and help them to consider their own health more proactively.”

More information can be found on the Cancer Australia website, including a map of kiosk locations.

Image courtesy of Cancer Australia.

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