Cancer in Wimmera: A discussion with Peter Mac’s Dr David Speakman

Horsham Rural City Council will host a Cancer and the Wimmera online Q & A Session with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Chief Medical Officer Dr David Speakman on Wednesday night.

Some 139 people are diagnosed with cancer in Horsham Rural City and 53 locals lose their lives to the disease, each year.

During the height of the pandemic last year, patient referrals to Peter Mac dropped by as much as 40 per cent for some cancers, as people statewide delayed seeing their GP or getting tested.

Dr Speakman is a leading clinician working in the breast and melanoma and skin units at Peter Mac.

At this online event, people will learn about:

  • How early detection and treatment of cancer can improve treatment outcomes
  • Early signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors, screening and prevention
  • How telehealth – instead of travelling to appointments – can benefit people in regional Victoria

Mayor Robyn Gulline will host the webinar from 7pm and Wimmera Cancer Centre manager Carmel O’Kane will also be a panelist.

The live presentation will be available via Zoom video conferencing. Attendees do not need to register and a recording will be made available after the event.

“We are extremely fortunate to have access to someone of Dr Speakman’s calibre and I encourage everyone to consider logging in to the information session,” Cr Gulline said.

“Anyone can join the Zoom webinar. It’s easy to do, participants won’t have their cameras on but they can get involved through the text chat function,” she said.

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