This week, Cure Cancer Australia launched Cancer Research Awareness Week

A week where Australians joined together to draw attention to the importance of funding cancer research.

From the 27th May to 2nd June, people across the nation have contributed to raising awareness in a variety of ways, from fundraising at events to showing their support on social media.

So, just how far have we come in raising awareness and working towards finding a cure for cancer? Here’s everything you need to know, including how you can still get involved.

What is Cancer Research Awareness Week?  

Cancer Research Awareness Week is designed to draw attention to the importance of funding cancer researchers and their studies across the nation.

This year, Cure Cancer Australia asked the public to ‘Give It Up’, whether it be coffee, chocolate or wine, and instead use the money to donate towards cancer research.

With one Australian dying from cancer every 12 minutes, Cure Cancer Australia is working hard towards funding grants for researchers across all cancers, including rare types.

To date, the foundation has funded almost 500 research grants to approximately 300 researchers.

How far have we come?

Although there is no current cure for cancer, there have been many developments in the process of finding a cure – all thanks to the support behind research.

As approved by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, these include:

  • Over the past 30 years, the five year cancer survival rate has seen an increase from 48 per cent (%) to 68%
  • As a result of cancer research, 70% of cervical cancer is now preventable
  • The survival rate for several types of cancer has increased by 20%.

How can I get involved?

There are many ways to get involved in raising awareness for cancer research, including:

  • Fundraising – examples of how you can fundraise include marathons and swimming events. Simply set up a fundraising page, set a goal and spread the word.
  • Join a community event – there are several events across Australia being held to help raise awareness for cancer, including Tough Mudder and the Colour Run.
  • Volunteering – foundations such as Cure Cancer Australia always appreciate people looking to volunteer, either as individuals or businesses.

Aussie legend Paul “Hoges” Hogan comes on as an ambassador by being translated into a messenger bot who runs you through how to have a successful fundraising BBQ.

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Have you taken part of Cancer Research Awareness Week? Let us know.