BALLARAT has 3999 people living with cancer.
However, recently released Cancer Council Victoria data shows Geelong is the worst regional centre for cancer, with 10,255 patients.
Bendigo has 4775, Mildura 2375, Shepparton 2700 and Horsham 982.
Cancer Council figures also show the average number of new cancer cases a year in Ballarat between 2005 and 2009 was 497, with 274 males and 222 females. On average, 80 prostate cases were diagnosed annually, along with 62 bowel, 59 breast, 50 melanoma and 43 lung cancers.
Cancer Council Victoria chief executive officer Todd Harper said one in every two people would be diagnosed with cancer by the age
of 85. “Every day, another 78 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer.” he said.
“There are also people living in every community in the state who have survived cancer, and all of those people have ongoing needs when it comes to treatment and support.”
Mr Harper said Cancer Council Victoria had created a Victorian map to show how cancer affected local government areas.
He said support services Ballarat cancer patients could access included the Ballarat Breast Cancer Support Group, the Ballarat Prostate Cancer Support Group, Brain Cancer Support Group Ballarat & Surrounding Districts and Breast Cancer in City and
Country. As well, 24 community workshops were held last year.
“As the number of cancer survivors increases, we know that more people will need different types of support after treatment, and to meet those needs the Cancer Council will need the ongoing support of all