DAFFODIL DAY: The Byron Bay Cancer Council Crew with Dougal the Bear get set for Daffodil Day tomorrow.
DAFFODIL DAY: The Byron Bay Cancer Council Crew with Dougal the Bear get set for Daffodil Day tomorrow. Christian Morrow

Show you care on Daffodil Day

FRIDAY is Daffodil Day - a national day on which everyone can contribute to creating a cancer-free future.

Byron Shire residents can show they care by wearing a Cancer Council pin or getting down to a local Daffodil Day site on the day.

In northern NSW alone, it is predicted that 2551 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 749 people will die from the disease every year by 2016.

By supporting Daffodil Day we can all show those affected by cancer that we care about better treatments, more support, advocacy and a cancer-free future.

This year the Cancer Council NSW aims to raise $3.2 million and $9.7 million nationally to continue to help fund vital cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services.

Despite a higher number of Australians being successfully treated for cancer, large numbers of cancer survivors are reporting "unmet needs" following their all-clear diagnosis, placing them at increased risks of adverse health behaviours, cancer recurrence and other chronic illnesses.

"Contrary to what people might expect, life does not always go back to 'normal' after cancer," said Daffodil Day co-ordinator Sarah Royall. "Survivors are often facing a difficult journey post-treatment, with many experiencing practical and psychological needs that fall outside the care of the overburdened health sector.

"Thanks to funds raised through events like Daffodil Day, the Cancer Council NSW can continue to offer its survivorship support programs.

"These programs help people with practical issues such as returning to work, financial and legal challenges, as well as psychological support for fear of cancer recurrence, and concerns about sexuality etc."

Donations can also be made any time until Daffodil Day by visiting www.daffodilday. com.au or calling 1300 656 585.


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