City cancer death risk above national average

CANCER ALERT: Cancer survivor Ian Minge helps out at a prostate cancer community barbecue in the heart of Mount Gambier yesterday. He calls on people to get checked by health professionals if they notice any potential cancer symptoms. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A SNAPSHOT of cancer statistics reveals Mount Gambier residents have a higher excess risk of dying from prostate, kidney and bowel cancer compared with the national average.

These figures were released as part of the Cancer Council’s cutting-edge interactive digital atlas, which is available to residents on the internet.

While the Blue Lake city had lower than average rates for some cancers, the research shows kidney cancer death rates were

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