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Minerals sector ignites prostate cancer awareness campaign

Friday, 20 September, 2019

Minerals sector ignites prostate cancer awareness campaign

Minerals workers are being encouraged to light up their ‘Big Aussie Barbies’ as part of a prostate cancer awareness campaign. The campaign, run by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia (PCFA), aims to “ignite the industry’s passion for helping us defeat prostate cancer”, by educating workers on screening and treatment options, while supporting survivors and loved ones, according to PCFA CEO Professor Jeff Dunn AO.

The industry is also being encouraged to host PCFA Ambassadors for workplace health awareness sessions. “Prostate cancer is an important public health issue — one in every seven Australian men are likely to be diagnosed during their lifetime and 200,000 Aussie men are alive today after a diagnosis,” Dunn said.

MCA CEO Tania Constable said that the organisation was proud to be partnering with PCFA to support the minerals’ sector’s health and safety. “Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and tragically about 3500 Australian men die of the disease each year,” she said. “This program will help to improve understanding of prostate cancer in the mining sector and make men and their families more mindful of their risks, while raising awareness of support available.”

Supporters can get involved via the ‘Big Aussie Barbie’ website or book an awareness talk via the PCFA’s website.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Valentyna

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