Non-English speaking communities are due to benefit from a Multilingual Communications Approach launched by minister for citizenship and communities Victor Dominello and Cancer Council NSW.
The initiative is aimed at making cancer resources and support services easily available to these communities, where the Cancer Council NSW has developed multilingual sites in Chinese, Greek, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese and Macedonian.
Cultural diversity manager of Cancer Council NSW Georgia Zogalis says that information given at a time of diagnosis can be overwhelming for anyone, and even more so when it's not given in your first language.
"Some words, particularly medical terms, can be lost in translation even if that person speaks English," said Ms Zogalis.
"The multilingual websites, along with our other efforts, will help increase the understanding of cancer, and more importantly will educate people about prevention measures, including screening programs available in Australia."
Preventive measures such as screening and vaccination are important in diagnosing cancer early, though conveying this message within non-English speaking communities can be a challenge due to existing barriers, preconceived ideas and the complexity of the disease.
"We know that immigrants take 20-30 years to conform to Australian recommended screening programs for bowel, breast and cervical cancers and we are looking for ways to better engage and communicate with these communities," Ms Zogalis added.
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