Promoting Cancer Screening
Through funding from Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN), Cancer Council SA developed a series of cancer screening videos featuring Aboriginal Ambassadors and health experts to promote the importance of cancer screening participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“When I was approached to be a Cancer Council SA Ambassador, I jumped at the opportunity. I think it’s very important, not only for community, but for your immediate family, to understand just how important screening is. Almost 10 years ago, I lost my brother to bowel cancer. He didn’t know about the symptoms and had never done a bowel cancer test so just thought he had a hernia. If he had known more, the outcome might have been different.
Then, three years ago, I lost my twin sister to bowel cancer. To lose two people to bowel cancer, especially when there is a such a reliable screening test, is really hard. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do the test as bowel cancer can develop without any symptoms at all. I don’t want anyone to go through what our family’s been through, which is why promoting cancer screening is so important to me.” – Aunty Janice Rigney | Cancer Council SA Aboriginal Ambassador.