Since 2007, ACCF has been dedicated to creating awareness of cervical cancer and its prevention in Australia. This is done through the community awareness (Cervical Cancer Community Education Program) and school awareness programs (Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools). ACCF also works to support women and their families in Australia who are affected by cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in developing countries. ACCF is also committed to freely providing the cervical cancer vaccine and treatment to girls and women in developing countries who would not otherwise receive it. We work in countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Kiribati, The Solomon Islands and Vietnam to vaccinate girls against HPV (the virus that causes cervical cancer) and to screen and treat women for cervical cancer. By vaccinating a girl in a developing country, her risk of dying from cervical cancer is reduced by up to 80%. By screening a woman in a developing country for cervical cancer even just once, her risk of dying from cervical cancer is reduced by up to 40%.
ACCF also runs programs including the Real Life Challenge and VolunTOURing, which involves inviting volunteers to get involved with our projects both in Australia and overseas – to make a difference to the lives of thousands of people.
National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 2016 will be held from November 7-13.
The week aims to raise awareness about cervical cancer and encourage Australians to engage in the conversation about cervical health. As well as creating conversation, funds from the week will go towards our CerviCAN Support Program.
This year, our focus is to raise funds for the appointment of a Cervical Cancer Support Coordinator to provide support for Australian women and families affected by cervical cancer. We need your support to achieve this goal, and every donation will help us get there.