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Raising awareness for Breast and Gynaecological Cancers

This month, the team at Eastbrooke Medical Centres are focusing their attention on Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day. Pink Ribbon is a fundraising event created by the Cancer Council to support and raise awareness for the thousands of women diagnosed each day with breast or gynaecological cancer. Through donations and fundraising events, Cancer Council aims to remove the threat of women’s cancer with profits going towards prevention, treatment and intensive research.

A little more about gynaecological and breast cancers:

Gynaecological cancer incorporates a number of cancers that are related to women’s biology, including ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer. The latest statistics show that the current number of new cases of cancer diagnosed this year is at 6,073 females. The current chance of surviving at least five years is at 69%*, making it a less common cancer, but a far more dangerous one.

Breast cancer is a cancer found more commonly in women, derived from a malignant lump found in the breast. 17,586 women and 144 men have been estimated as being diagnosed of breast cancer this year, but patients have a 90% chance of surviving this cancer for at least five years*. 

How can I prevent risks for myself?

Women are encouraged to regularly check their breasts for changes and new lumps, and to book an appointment with a GP if strange changes are noticed. BreastScreen Australia targets women aged 50 to 74 years as 75% of all breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 years, however all women aged 40 to 49 years also have free access to the BreastScreen Australia program.

There are many factors that can affect the varying types of gynaecological cancers, so it’s important that you understand and check up on your family history in all cases (including breast cancer). Aside from discussing with your family, you can speak to your GP about lifestyle choices you can implement that can potentially reduce your risk, as well as the other options surrounding each cancer.

How can I get involved with Pink Ribbon?

The prevention of women’s cancer requires an intensive research. Opportunities to get involved include organising a fundraiser, donating money or purchasing an item from the Pink Ribbon merchandising box that are available across various Eastbrooke Medical Centres. The team from Eastbrooke Ambrose Medical Group, located in Mackay QLD (pictured right) were proud to support this campaign by hosting a “Pink Morning Tea” with its team of doctors and staff.

Fundraising a group of co-workers, family members or friends can be a great way to raise money for the cause. The Pink Ribbon community encourages fundraisers to get creative with their events: for example – ask your workplace to wear pink and make a donation, or hold a Pink Ribbon breakfast, morning tea or luncheon.

If you are interested in learning more about Pink Ribbon Day, visit www.pinkribbon.com.au for more information.

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