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December
2016
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07:06
Australia/Melbourne

Cartoon to address cancer taboos in Arabic community

A new cartoon by Cancer Council Victoria will help to increase awareness about cancer and encourage the Arabic-speaking community to have themselves screened.

The cartoon, narrated in Arabic, is a novel awareness campaign linking bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening with a visit to the mechanic. The cartoon provides information for 50 to 74-year-olds about the importance of visiting their doctor and recognising the symptoms.

Long-held taboos in many Arabic communities mean cancer is often not spoken about and screening is not prioritised.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Cancer Screening Manager Kate Broun said cancer screening is relevant for everybody, but particularly for newly arrived and diverse cultural groups.

“Coming to Australia, we have three national cancer screening programs which are free and available to eligible people.”

Breast screens through BreastScreen Victoria are free for women aged 50-74, take 10 minutes, and are with a woman.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and the early detection that a breast screen can give offers women the best chance of successful treatment and recovery.

Breast screens can be booked at breastscreen.org.au/onlinebookings or by calling 13 20 50.