Cancer Australia’s Yarn for Life aims to reduce feelings of shame and fear that may be associated with cancer. It highlights the importance of normalising the conversation about cancer and encouraging early detection of the disease.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who are, on average, 40% more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous Australians.
Yarn for Life has been developed by and with Indigenous Australians. Through sharing personal stories of courage and survival from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it weaves the central message that it is okay to talk about cancer.
Watch the Yarn for life animation here.
Cancer affects not only people diagnosed with the disease but also their families, carers, Elders and community, so it is important to participate in screening programs, discuss cancer with a doctor or health care workers, and if cancer is diagnosed, get treatment.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, health and connection to land, culture community and identity are linked. Optimal care that is respectful, and responsive to the cultural preferences, sensitivities, needs and values of patients, is critical to good health care outcomes.
Visit the Yarn for Life website to check out real life stories, resources and find out how having a yarn about cancer could save your life.
- Cancer Australia: For information and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by cancer, visit canceraustralia.gov.au/affected-cancer/atsi/resources-people
- Cancer Council: For information and support call Cancer Council on 13 11 20. Nurses can answer your questions about cancer, explain what will happen during your cancer care and link you to support groups and other community resources
- Cancer Council Online Community: To connect with others in a supportive online community for people affected by cancer, visit onlinecommunity.cancercouncil.com.au
- Carers Australia: For support and advice for carers, call the Carers Association on 1800 242 636