SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

January 18, 2010 10:58 ET

LIVESTRONG® Global Cancer Campaign Returns to Australia

Lance Armstrong Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre Within the Soon-to-Be-Built Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer in Adelaide

ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2010) - Today LIVESTRONG founder and chairman, cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre within the soon-to-be-built Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide, South Australia. He was joined by South Australian Premier Mike Rann, Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Chairman Alan Young and other FMC executives. Armstrong is in Australia for the Santos Tour Down Under, which is his first race of the 2010 cycling season as well as his first race with Team RadioShack.

"We are honored that the new research laboratories within the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer will be named the LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre and provide a world-class home to more than 100 of Australia's leading cancer researchers," said Armstrong. "We commend your community for working together to make public health a priority so that the citizens of South Australia will live longer and better lives."

"As a person who has so spectacularly returned to good health after surviving advanced testicular cancer, Lance is a powerful voice in raising awareness about the global cancer burden," said Rann. "Lance's second appearance in the Santos Tour Down Under is most welcome and has provided a great opportunity to secure both Lance Armstrong and LIVESTRONG, his excellent Foundation, a place in our State's history and all our hearts."

The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, which is expected to open in August 2011, received a $7.5 million commitment, along with $5.2 million annually in operating costs from the South Australian state government. The Centre is also funded from a $10 million grant from the Australian federal government and a range of donations including from Flinders University, Australian Centre for Research Foundation, Cancer Council South Australia, Flinders' own clinicians and the volunteer service.

One year ago, LIVESTRONG premiered the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign in Adelaide. After Australia, the Campaign made stops in California, Italy, Monaco, France and Ireland. In 2009, the Campaign generated more than 300 commitments to the fight against cancer. Those commitments represent work in more than 60 countries around the world and an investment in cancer control of more than $200 million in year one alone.

LIVESTRONG owes a great deal of its Campaign's success to the remarkable efforts being made to reduce the cancer burden in Australia. Last January, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his government would invest $3.8 million to fund new research and clinical trial initiatives to reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians. More recently, Treasurer Wayne Swan announced that the Australian Government will invest a record $2 billion (over 5 years) to build a world-class cancer care system. The Campaign received commitments to cancer control from Australian cancer organizations including Movember, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, The Australian Lung Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Cancer Voices South Australia, Cancer Voices Australia, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Cancer Council Victoria and CanTeen Australia.

While LIVESTRONG is proud of the progress the Campaign made in 2009, this year cancer is projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide. Cancer is already the leading cause of death in Australia and three in 10 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. There are more than 106,000 new cases of cancer and approximately 38,000 deaths from the disease each year. While lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in Australia, rates for melanoma -- a cancer that is largely preventable by protecting against harmful UV rays -- are higher in this nation than anywhere in world. In response to staggering statistics like these in countries around the world, the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign continues its trail-blazing efforts to urgently reduce the burden of cancer. To join LIVESTRONG's unified global movement against cancer, please visit www.LIVESTRONGAction.org and sign the World Cancer Declaration.

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