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Online help available for Tasmanian cancer patients

A new online directory providing greater support for Tasmanians with cancer, their families and the health professionals who care for them was launched on 17 October 2012.

The directory brings help and support together in one place to make it as easy as possible for patients.

The directory was developed by Cancer Council Tasmania in partnership with the CanNET II Tasmania project team and was jointly funded by DHHS and Cancer Australia.

The latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found breast cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer and melanoma of the skin were the most common cancers in Australia.

The data shows the likelihood of Tasmanians surviving three of the four most commonly diagnosed cancers prostate cancer, breast cancer and melanoma of the skin for at least five years after diagnosis is 90 per cent or higher.

This is better than the national average for these cancers.

The directory is available at http://directory.cancersupportcentre.org.au