04 July 2018
Cancer Council SA is calling on all South Australians to go Dry this July and support the 27 South Australians diagnosed with cancer every single day.
For Modbury North resident Danielle Barnett, going Dry this July has a very special meaning. Earlier this year, her fit and healthy 60-year-old husband John was diagnosed with advanced Stage 3 lung cancer with a negative prognosis.
“We had gone on a cruise for his 60th birthday and John had started to develop quite a bad cough. We had seen the GP before we left and he was given some antibiotics to take but it wasn’t getting any better,” Danielle explained.
“When we got back, we went to a friend’s house and one of them was a nurse. She said that he should go back to the doctor and get it checked out. John was sent for an x-ray and they found three tumours in his lungs, with a CT scan confirming Stage 3a lung cancer.”
“The tumours are located very close to his windpipe, which meant they were unable to operate, so he began an extensive course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.”
Before treatment, Danielle said that she had never heard about Cancer Council SA and the services and supports on offer. However all that changed when she began speaking to people she met during treatment and realised just how many services Cancer Council SA provides for individuals and their families impacted by cancer.
“In the last couple of months I’ve come to the realisation that Cancer Council SA is a fantastic organisation, providing transport, accommodation and counselling services for all those impacted by cancer.”
“One lady I met was from Cooper Pedy and she said that the accommodation provided by Cancer Council SA meant that she was able to come to Adelaide for treatment.”
“It made me realise how many services Cancer Council SA offers and how important they are to the community. I haven’t used their services yet, but I know in the future John’s condition will get worse and it’s really good to know that when it does, there’s someone out there to talk to about it with,” she said.
“Whatever money I raise through taking part in Dry July really does make a huge difference, which is my motivator for taking part. I want to make sure that other families impacted will be able to receive the same services and supports offered to our family for years to come.”
Cancer Council Chief Executive Lincoln Size said that going Dry this July not only raises money to support families impacted by cancer like Danielle’s but also has immeasurable health benefits.
“Drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing cancers of the bowel, mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver and breast,” he explained.
“It’s not just heavy drinking either, even small amounts of alcohol can increase your risk, and the longer you’ve been drinking for, the greater your risk.”
“Taking part in Dry July is a fantastic way to reduce your own cancer risk and also support all those currently going through treatment like John and his family,” he said.
To sign up to go Dry this July and support Cancer Council SA visit https://www.dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/cancercouncilsa.
For more information on how to reduce alcohol and cut your cancer risk visit: www.cancersa.org.au/information/a-z-index/limit-alcohol?path=/information/i-want-to-cut-my-cancer-risk/limit-alcohol
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Editors Notes; Alcohol and Cancer
- A 2015 Australian study estimated that 3,205 (2.8 per cent) of all cancers were attributable to alcohol consumption (Whiteman et. al 2015).
- If you choose to drink, we recommend you follow the National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines and limit your intake to two standard drinks per day, and have as many alcohol free days as you can.
- One standard drink is
- 425 ml of light beer
- 285 ml of full strength or regular beer or cider
- 100 ml of white, red or sparkling wine
- 60 ml of fortified wine
- 30 ml of spirits.
About Cancer Council SA
Cancer Council SA is South Australia’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer. Here in SA, every day, we support families affected by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer. With your help, we’re getting closer to a cancer free future every day. Find out more at www.cancersa.org.au.