As 2018 draws to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the West Australian community for helping us to celebrate 60 years of Cancer Council WA.
Over the past year, we have travelled to Albany, Midland, Broome, Nedlands, Mandurah, Northam, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Bunbury to host our cancer myths roadshow and connect with our supporters in the regions.
We've come a long way since our humble beginnings in 1958 and we owe that to the generosity and unwavering support of the WA community.
Through our research, advocacy, education and support programs we continue to strive towards improving outcomes for all West Australians affected by cancer.
60 years ago, the chance of surviving a cancer diagnosis was around 30 to 40 per cent. Today, survival rates for the most common cancers are more than 90 per cent, and the overall five-year survival rate for those diagnosed is 68 per cent.
From contributing over $47 million to local research to find new ways to detect, treat and defeat cancer to accommodating over 35,000 country cancer patients at our Lodges in Perth, every day, with your help, we're striving towards our vision of a cancer-free future.
Our amazing volunteers and supporters have played an essential role in our achievements over the years, helping us to make huge strides towards our goal of reducing the impact and incidence of cancer.
Although we're making great advancements, there's still much to be done in the areas of cancer prevention and research and in providing support to the thousands of West Australians affected by cancer each year.
As a not-for-profit, non-government organisation, we are reliant on community donations to continue our life-saving work.
We hope you'll continue to support us for the next 60 years as we continue to make a huge difference to the lives of all West Australians affected by cancer.
Top 3 cancer myths, busted!
Do sweeteners cause cancer? Or for that matter, toothpaste or chlorine? We've busted the top three cancer myths below!
Could your taste for sweet things be increasing your risk of cancer?
2. Toothpaste (sodium lauryl sulphate) and cancer
Will your sparkling smile increase your risk of cancer?
Does drinking water or swimming in your pool cause cancer?