Gunnedah shire residents can learn vital information about cancer and available help at an awareness expo on Tuesday, June 18.
Can Assist Gunnedah will host a Cancer Awareness and Information Expo at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club's auditorium, which will feature a number of key speakers.
Prostate cancer survivor and Carroll local Kevin Wilkinson will be one of the 12 speakers to share his story with attendees.
"It was two years ago this month when I had my annual blood test - thinking everything was fine because there's no symptoms - but I got the shock of my life [when my doctor told me]," Mr Wilkinson said.
"It was here [in Gunnedah] a few months ago when my [prostate-specific antigen] was at 0.01 per cent and they said, 'You're clear'."
Mr Wilkinson said his first advice to attendees would be to act as soon as possible.
"Get up off your bloody arse and go and consult your GP and have a test ... and girls, get up off your bloody pretty bum and go and have a mammogram," he said.
"Just get up off your bum; what's there to be frightened of? Save your life."
Can Assist's secretary Linda Lee said the aim of the event was "to give knowledge to people to assist them, to learn, and to find out more information about ... what services are available".
"When you're diagnosed, people don't know where they can turn to get assistance and these [speakers] are people [they can get help from]," Mrs Lee said.
"We're hoping to also get people not only who have been touched by cancer or knows someone who has, but people who will just come along and then they can spread the word about the services available."
Other key speakers at the expo will include NSW Ambulance Service's Scott Clarke, Cancer Council's Shaen Fraser, prostate nurse Natasha Bissell and McGrath nurse Nerridah Prentice.
The expo will be held at the services club at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Entry to the event is a donation to Can Assist Gunnedah.
Nibbles, tea and coffee will be provided for attendees.