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February 2020

Cancer Day

By Health & Awareness

2/3rds – could that be me??

It is a simple fact that two out of three Australians will be treated for skin cancer by the time they reach 70 and the Lions Cancer Institute (WA) Inc. is doing its very best to address that statistic with our FREE skin cancer screenings throughout the State.

As we know early detection is the key to the treatment of suspect lesions so on many occasions we have been able to refer regional patients to their local General Practitioner when they otherwise may not have sought an opportunity to arrange a Dr’s appointment for themselves to be screened.

Since early 1990 the Mobile Units have travelled the State providing this free service and we plan to continue to do so, in particular to those regional communities where such service might not exist or may  be many miles away.

The service is provided by volunteer professionals and Lions Club members and funding is from businesses that donate towards the BIG DAY OUT ANNUAL EVENT for Kids with special needs and from various Lions Clubs in WA and public donations.

In association with Curtin University the Institute provides research funding to selected students in the field of liver and other forms of cancer.

For us to plan for our future we have made a commitment to upgrade our Screening Coach to enable this important service to continue and we seek expressions of interest from resources which might assist us in meeting that commitment. To supply and fit out a replacement in the short term for our existing and ageing coach is a huge financial challenge so we seek all the help we can to bring the plan to a reality.

We also welcome participation from Skin Cancer Specialists, General Practitioners and like Professionals who may be happy to give us a little of their time plus enjoy some fun as we travel the State.

Our website has information around our History and what we do in our attempt to highlight the need for providing this life saving service, if you can help we would welcome you participation.

You can send your contribution

By Bank transfer
Westpac Bank
BSB 036081 ACC 183738

By Pay ID
ABN 26 521 960 054
Lions Cancer Institute (WA) Inc.
PO BOX # 2195
Mandurah DC, WA 6210

Through our CBH Grower Account
Lions Cancer Institue Inc

New Curtin Scholarship

By Research & Science
The Media Release extract is now available for download here.

New Curtin Scholarship to help improve outlook for liver cancer patients

Curtin University and the Lions Cancer Institute (WA) Inc. have announced a new PhD scholarship that aims to improve the outcomes of people living with liver cancer around the world.

The Lions-Lotus PhD Scholarship has been fully funded by the Lions Cancer Institute (WA) Inc. and will be based in the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) at Curtin University.

The scholarship recipient, who will be supervised by Associate Professor Nina Tirnitz-Parker from CHIRI and Curtin’s School of Pharmacy and Biomed-ical Sciences, will conduct cutting-edge research dedicated to the prevention and treatment of liver cancer.

CHIRI Director Professor John Mamo said the new scholarship would assist in tackling a major global disease affecting thousands of Australians every day.

“The new scholarship will attract high-quality PhD candidates, who will undertake research focusing on addressing important research questions about chronic liver disease and liver cancer,” Professor Mamo said.

“I would like to thank the Lions Cancer Institute (WA) Inc. for their funding commitment to this highly important scholarship and look forward to welcoming the successful recipient to Curtin University.”

Associate Professor Nina Tirnitz-Parker, an interna-tionally recognised expert in chronic liver disease and cancer, said chronic liver disease was one of the most rapidly growing causes of death worldwide and continued to present a major global challenge.

“Current treatments for liver cancer are limited and at present only prolong the life expectancy of patients by two to three months. The new schol-arship will help to tackle this growing problem by researching how to better identify and treat the disease, which in turn may improve outcomes for people living with liver cancer,” Associate Professor Tirnitz-Parker said.

The Chairman of the Lions Cancer Institute (WA) Inc. Mr Phil Chinnery said he looked forward to visiting Curtin University and seeing first-hand the work being undertaken by researchers.

“On behalf of our Directors and our WA Lions Clubs, we are both excited and delighted to have formed this partnership with Curtin University and their bril-liant research team in the fight against cancer and more specifically liver disease,” Mr Chinnery said.

The new agreement, signed recently, will fund a full PhD scholarship for up to 3.5 years and will be available to domestic PhD students in Australia. The successful recipient will commence at Curtin in late 2020 or beginning of 2021.