Celebrate, remember and fight back

CANCER Council Australia figures suggest one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

It is the leading cause of death in Australia, taking the lives of more than 43,200 people in 2011 - but the survival rate for many common cancers has increased by 30 per cent in the past two decades.

Every day, researchers are developing new and better treatments to prolong life, and hopefully find a cure.

But that research can't be done without the strong support of communities such as ours and annual fundraisers including Relay for Life.

This community alone has raised more than $2.6 million for the Cancer Council since 2000,  which is an extraordinary effort.

Tonight's event will further add to that figure - but importantly, it will again bring together all who are touched by cancer.

Those living with cancer, survivors, carers, medical professionals, family and friends.

They will walk through the night to celebrate, remember and fight back.

- Nicole Ferrie, deputy editor

This community alone has raised more than $2.6 million for the Cancer Council since 2000, which is an extraordinary effort.

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