Coffs the new Cancer Coast of NSW

COFFS could more aptly be named the 'Cancer Coast', with new statistics showing more people die of cancer on the North Coast compared to the rest of NSW.

The latest report from the NSW Chief Health Officer has found the North Coast has a higher instance of new cancer cases and deaths from cancer than the statewide average.

On the North Coast, new cases of cancer eclipse the State average by more than 20 per cent, with instances of lung and breast cancer higher than elsewhere in NSW, and new cases of melanoma are 30 per cent higher in our region than the State average.

A spokesperson for North Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) said the higher rates of overall cancer incidences are largely driven by much higher than average melanoma incidence rates for this region.

“Poor solar protection behaviour and possibly more time spent outdoors in coastal communities results in the higher incidences of melanoma,” the spokesperson told the Coffs Coast Advocate.

Cancer Council NSW skin cancer prevention manager, Kay Coppa, said more than 3400 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in NSW this year.

“NSW has a sunny climate and we are lucky enough to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, but skin cancer doesn't discriminate against wealth, status or postcode,” Ms Coppa said.

The NCAHS spokesperson said approximately one out of three males and one out of four females living in NSW could expect to be diagnosed with a form of cancer before their 75th birthday.

SCHOOL'S almost out and we're all gearing up for the peak time for travel.

The RTA has stressed there will be no roadwork during peak periods, but have warned that major traffic delays may be expected due to the increase in holiday traffic.

Motorists are being urged to be patient, observe all warning signs and adhere to directions given by traffic controllers and reduce speed accordingly.

Until then, however, there are some works along the coast that may cause minor delays.

Make sure you keep an eye out for the following changed traffic conditions until December 21.

Today there may be minor delays at Bonville due to construction work.

Temporary traffic control will be implemented until Wednesday, expect reduced speed limits and lane closures at some locations.

Keep an eye out for survey work at Arrawarra.

Temporary traffic control will be implemented from 7am to 6pm, but no delays are expected.

Tomorrow, street light work may cause minor delays between Englands Road and Diggers Beach Road from 7am to 5pm tomorrow and Wednesday.

Mobile traffic control will be in place, involving a reduced speed limit and shoulder and/or lane closures.

Thursday, minor delays will be experienced at Urunga due to power line work.

Temporary traffic control will be enforcing a reduced speed limit and lane closures with intermittent complete stoppages from 9.30am to 3pm.

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