Understanding cancer in all languages

The Cancer Council launched a new online initiative last Wednesday (20 June 2012) to assist Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities access cancer information in their own language.

The CALD Cancer Resource Directory, a searchable online library of 600 publications, videos and websites, provides a range of translated cancer information including prevention, treatment and support.

Cancer Council Australia chief executive, Professor Ian Olver, said the directory was designed to provide a single point of access to cancer resources in Australia published in languages other than English. The free service would make it easier for health professionals and the public to locate evidence-based cancer resources in their preferred language.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate by culture,” Professor Olver said. “One in four Australians is born overseas and we know that migrants diagnosed with cancer have poorer cancer outcomes than comparable non-migrant groups, with lower screening and survival rates.”

CALD patient support coordinator, Anna Epifanio, said the website itself was in English, but provided information in a range of languages including Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, and Vietnamese.

“The CALD Cancer Resource Directory will be particularly helpful to health professionals who are looking for credible and reliable information to provide to their patients,” Ms Epifanio said.

“Searches can be conducted by resource type (fact sheet, video, website), category (screening, prevention, treatment) keyword and title, and whether the resource has been designed for health professionals or the public.

“New resources can be submitted via the website and will be reviewed by Cancer Council for inclusion.”

Ms Epifanio said Cancer Council was working to ensure that all Australians, no matter their background, had access to factual cancer information.

Visit the CALD Cancer Resource Directory for more information.