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Today is World Cancer Day and State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on the community to use this opportunity to raise awareness and consider what actions we can all take to tackle cancer.

The day seeks to empower communities all over the world to make progress in the fight against cancer.

World Cancer Day is an opportunity to highlight policies and actions which serve to help the fight against cancer and talk about what the priorities are for improving cancer care and services.

In the Hunter, we have world-leading researchers at the Hunter Medical Research Institute. This research is important as the current tools against cancer – chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and targeted drugs – are not sufficient to cure cancer in many patients.

This year’s theme is “What is the bravest thing we can do about cancer?” and Ms Hornery is asking the Wallsend electorate that very question.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“We all know someone close to us that has been touched by cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of disease burden in Australia. It has a devastating social impact on individuals, their families, friends, colleagues and classmates.”

“The Cancer Council Australia tells us that at least one in three cancer cases are preventable and the number of cancer deaths could be reduced significantly by improving our lifestyle.”

“But it is important that we listen to the researchers, the doctors and most importantly the patients and ask, what is the bravest thing we can do about cancer?”

“We have very good cancer survival rates but of course we can and must do better.”

“I look forward to hearing from our community on World Cancer Day and hearing what you think is the bravest thing we can do about cancer.”