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Coronavirus & Screening Cancelled

By Association Life

To safeguard public health and the health of our volunteers

As we all know, we are in the midst of an unprecedented episode of uncertainty about Coronavirus and the situation is changing almost daily. In a measure to safeguard public health and the health of our volunteers, all our upcoming screening events have been cancelled for the time being. It is too early to say when, and if, we can reschedule, hopefully soon. This is vitally important, given the nature of the work our volunteers do in the health care sector. We know from the experts that preventing people interacting prevents infections, and therefore we are doing whatever we can to stop the spread of this deadly virus. The Lions Cancer Institute acknowledges the importance of skin cancer detection however we cannot, in good conscience, allow a situation to occur that may facilitate the spread of the coronavirus.

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Cancer Day

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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 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
PO BOX # 2195
Mandurah DC, WA 6210

Through our CBH Grower Account
Lions Cancer Institue Inc
#40437089

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New Curtin Scholarship to help improve outlook for liver cancer patients

Curtin University and the Lions Cancer Institute 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 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 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 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.

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2018-2019 Lions Cancer Institute Annual Report

The Lions Cancer Institute held its Annual General Meeting on 21st October 2019 at the Royal Aero Club at Jandakot Airport.

Attendance was 22, with 7 apologies, representing Lions Clubs of both Districts W1 & W2.

The 2018 – 2019 Annual Report document was distributed to all present. Copies will be mailed out to Clubs and other recipients in due course.

The business session went well and included reports from Chairman Lion Phil Chinnery, Treasurer PDG Neil Saunders, Medical Director Rob Fitzpatrick FRCS, FRACS, and Screening Events Manager Lion John Osborne.

Reports were accepted as presented, there was little discussion or questions from the floor.

There was no General Business pertaining to the AGM raised.

Meeting closed at 7:35pm.

Thanks to all that attended, and to June and the Jandakot Lakes Lions Club for providing the supper, and the Royal Aero Club for use of the meeting facilities.

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Lions Cancer Institute received $10,000 Centenary Grant

By Association Life

Lions Cancer Institute received $10,000 Centenary Grant in support from Commonwealth Bank West Perth branch on 18 May 2018:

In celebration of a 100-year legacy of giving, Commonwealth Bank employees are giving $10 million to community organisations, with 1,000 Centenary Grants valued at $10,000 being distributed.
The Lions Cancer Institute is pictured receiving a Centenary Grant, with CommBank West Perth branch and employees having nominated it in recognition of the much needed services it provides to the local community.
Commonwealth Bank donated $10 million to the CommBank Foundation in celebration and recognition of 100 years of employee giving and this donation funded the Centenary Grants. More than 13,000 current and retired bank employees donate a portion of their income to the program, with Commonwealth Bank contributing up to $2m each year as well.

The inspiring and far reaching impact of the work undertaken by the Lions Cancer Institute was a crucial factor in it receiving the grant.
“We’re thrilled to be able to support organisations like the Lions Cancer Institute in the important work they do for our local community,” says Commonwealth Bank West Perth branch manager, Peter Plowman when presenting the cheque to Lions Cancer Institute Chairman, Lion Phil Chinnery.
Thanking Peter for the grant, Chairman Phil said the Lions Cancer Institute was very grateful for the support from the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, which will be used to maintain our Mobile Skin Cancer Screening activities throughout WA.
The attached picture of the presentation shows LCI Public Relations Director PDG Garry Irvine, Chairman Phil Chinnery, CBA West Perth Branch Manager Peter Plowman, LCI Treasurer PDG Neil Saunders and LCI Acting Secretary Lion Dot Saunders.

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Tom Price Screening Event

By Screening Events

Screening team of Colin Beauchamp, Rob Fitzpatrick, Phil Chinnery and Paul Ripley worked hard today to screen 98 Tom Price residents.
This is after the team with June Walker in place of Rob screening 166 people at Newman over the weekend.

Great results in both towns, with many potential lives saved by early discovery of possibly life threatening lesions, which are subject to confirmation once checked by GP’s or cancer specialists.
Pictures below show the coach setup, the extra lengths we go to so young mothers can be screened, and the outlook from Mt Nameless over Tom Price that Rob drove us to in his brand new Landcruiser.

We discovered a cairn up there installed many years ago by the then Tom Price Lions to mark the highest point able to be driven to in WA!

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2017-2018 Lions Cancer Institute Annual Report

The Lions Cancer Institute held its Annual General Meeting in October 2018 at the Royal Aero Club at Jandakot Airport.

There was quite good representation from Lions Clubs of both Districts, and we were pleased to have as special guests our PhD student, Tracey Seymour, and our new Patron Professor George Yeoh (both pictured) join us.

The business session went well and ,included reports from Chairman Lion Phil Chinnery, Treasurer PDG Neil Saunders, M D Screening Project Liaison Manager PDG Colin Beauchamp and Screening Operations Coordinator Lion John Osborne.

PhD student Tracey provided a presentation on the outcomes of the research she has just completed on finding new therapies to improve treatment of the most common, and fatal type of brain tumour, glioblastoma.

At the completion of the business session, Lion June Walker, a Director and one of our screeners, provided some humour to finish the evening by telling a story about how cold it was at night during a recent screening event at Tambellup. Apparently Colin and John suffered through the early hours on a frosty night, even using towels and every piece of spare clothing they had to try and stay warm. Real “brass monkey” weather!

Thanks to all that attended, and to June and the Jandakot Lakes Lions Club for providing the supper, and the Royal Aero Club for use of the meeting facilities.

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Big Day Out for Kids

By Social Events

Santa arrived with a big “Ho Ho Ho “ this year to spend time with the kids, their families and the wonderful Carers, to celebrate the Big Day Out for disadvantaged children. The Lions Cancer Institute proudly offers this event each year and together with volunteers from the Institute who assisted Santa, he shared gifts with every child who attended. Free ice creams and lollies were provided for their enjoyment as they settled into their seats to enjoy the free preview of the movie “ Elliot the Littlest Reindeer “

The Theatre in South Perth was again the venue and the coaches with their special cargo arrived with excited kids anticipating meeting Santa and smiling for the camera.
Thanks to the theatre staff who were most generous with their time and help on the day.

This annual event is proudly supported by the WA business community and we express our most grateful thanks for their donations.

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How to Check for Skin Cancer

By Health & Awareness

We at the Lions Cancer Institute believe in promotion of skin cancer awareness.

For a guide to self examination we invite you to log into this short Blog put out by the Cancer Council.

If you do see something on your skin please attend your GP as soon as possible.

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2/3 of people in Australia will be treated for skin cancer by the time they are 70

Robert Fitzpatrick FRCS, FRACS