September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the Central West Aboriginal Cancer Network has teamed up with the Orange men's Group Coonabahloo Gibir to hold a free event to raise awareness on Friday 26 September.
The event is called 'Marang Garrah Giili’ and will focus on providing education about prostate cancer and healthy living to Aboriginal men. Prostate cancer accounts for around 30% of cancers diagnosed in men each year and is the second most common cause of cancer death. By the age of 75 the risk of having prostate cancer is one in eight.
“Although prostate cancer has one of the highest survival rates of 92%, prostate cancer mortality is 85% higher in Aboriginal men,” said Alby Ryan, Aboriginal Health Education Officer.
“We hope to improve these statistics by increasing awareness and education at this event”. The program for the day will include educational talks on prostate cancer, screening and support services, as well as some fitness activities to promote prevention via healthy living.
“There will also be some fun activities and food to promote yarning and to encourage men to talk about their health,”Alby said. 'Marang Garrah Giili’ will be held at the Murundhu Dharaa Centre in Palmer Street, Orange, between 9.30 am and 2.30pm on Friday, 26 September.
The Central West Aboriginal Cancer Network has been established to improve the cancer outcomes for Aboriginal people and is a collaboration of staff from Western NSW Local Health District, Orange Aboriginal Medical Service, Western NSW Medicare Local, Western NSW Cancer Council and also Aboriginal community representatives. NSW Aboriginal people have an approximately 70% higher mortality cancer rate and the Network is working hard to help close this gap.