The evidence is clear – optimal vaccine coverage is key to controlling COVID-19 in NSW.
Evidence is also strengthening that COVID-19 poses a threat to cancer outcomes. Because of this, Cancer Council NSW is calling on the community to roll up its sleeves and help achieve optimal COVID-19 vaccine coverage, to help reduce the risks of long-term COVID-19 impacts on cancer outcomes.
During the 2020 lockdown, we saw disruptions to cancer screening services and program participation which is aimed at detecting cancer earlier. We know COVID-19 is especially harmful if contracted by individuals undergoing cancer treatment.
While there is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there, the evidence is clear that vaccines work and that accelerating the control of COVID-19 will support our focus on controlling cancer, which remains the leading cause of premature death in the state.
People living with cancer should discuss their COVID-19 vaccine requirements with their doctor.
Now is an ideal time for someone who is due for their screening to complete the test. The bowel cancer screening test is done at home, with the sample sent in the mail.
We know that this is an incredibly stressful time for many people, particularly those impacted by cancer. If you are affected by cancer, we’re here to help. Call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 Information and Support line or visit cancercouncil.com.au.
Stay safe and well,
Director of Cancer Prevention and Advocacy
Cancer Council NSW