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Some of our fave celebs talk about how cancer has affected their lives

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
February 4th, 2019

If there’s one thing in the world I reckon the entire population would like to see FUCK RIGHT OFF, it’s the C word.

Cancer.

I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in this day and age that hasn’t been touched by cancer’s twisted ugliness. I lost my beautiful Dad when he was just 54 and Monty’s incredible mum is one of those amazing people living and THRIVING with cancer. Thanks to ongoing research and medical developments, cancer is no longer a death sentence for the millions diagnosed around the world each year, but there are still so many who are stolen away far too young and far too quickly.

Having to watch someone you love go through the shock of diagnosis, the gruelling treatment in a bid to save or prolong their life and the breath-taking, final realisation of the words that ‘nothing more can be done’ is a heartbreak no one should have to go through. It’s a pain that stays with you forever; imprinted in your mind and heart like the worst kind of horror movie imaginable.

Today is World Cancer Day. The website dedicated to the cause, worldcancerday.org, says: “Each year on 4 February, World Cancer Day empowers all of us across the world to show support, raise our collective voice, take personal action and press our governments to do more. World Cancer Day is the only day on the global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under the one banner of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.”

Because no one is immune. Cancer can strike any of us, so eradicating this motherfucker of a disease is ALL of our business.

We’ve been lucky enough to have so many beautiful guests On the Couch open up about their heartbreaking and very personal experiences with cancer, which you can watch below…

We all need to get out there and do whatever we can to banish cancer forever. Here are some Aussie organisations doing incredible work that we should all be getting behind to support and throw our coin at whenever possible.

Cancer Council:

With an aim to fund research focused on treatment and prevention of all types of cancers, the Cancer Council operates on both a national and state level. In addition to supporting those who are affected by cancer, the Cancer Council also puts time and money into campaigns promoting awareness of risk factors, such as the Slip Slop Slap initiative. Find out more and donate here.

Bowel Cancer Australia:

Bowel Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia behind breast cancer and second to lung for overall deaths, so it’s a huge problem in this country. Early detection of bowel cancer is crucial for optimising survival rates, so Bowel Cancer Australia has a strong focus on campaigns related to early detection and screening of the disease.  Find out more and donate here.

Lung Foundation Australia:

Lung cancer takes the revolting top place as the cancer that causes the most deaths in Australia. A big part of their work, in addition to supporting those who have lung cancer and funding research, is breaking down the stigma associated with the disease – because although smokers have a major risk of developing it, it can effect anyone.  Find out more and donate here.

National Breast Cancer Foundation:

Taking out the top place for the most commonly diagnosed cancer, the Breast Cancer Foundation works hard not only at researching preventions and cures, but puts a massive amount of time and effort into early detection campaigns. Find out more and donate here.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation:

Australia is leading the way in brain cancer research, the disease that sadly kills more Aussie kids than any other disease. It is also the biggest killer of those under-40. The only way we can increase survival rates is through research, which is why it’s SO important we all get behind this cause with our dollars. You can also donate some dough at CarriesBeanies4BrainCancer and of course, support them by making sure you buy your winter beanies every year. Find out more and donate here.

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