FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT
Okay ladies — when was the last time you looked at your breasts? Closely? With one in eight Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer and early detection giving the best chance of survival, it is vital to stay in tune with our breast health. We don’t need to be experts or use a special technique to check our breasts but we need to see a doctor immediately if we notice any changes. (For examples of changes, see page 42 in our Pink Ribbon Day feature.) Women aged 50 to 74 are the primary target group for a free Breast Screen Victoria mammogram (see page 30). Early detection and improved treatments in Australia have led to an 89 per cent chance of survival five years after a breast cancer diagnosis but still, seven women die of this disease each day. In addition, 110 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. On Sunday, October 25 more than 700 people (mostly women) will help raise awareness and funds for research to help beat this disease at the ninth Shepparton News Pink Ribbon Brunch. Comedian, singer and writer Em Rusciano, who is pictured on our cover, will host the event at Shepparton’s Eastbank Centre which sold out in 32 minutes. The brunch has raised $256 000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the past eight years, swelling tenfold in attendance numbers from its original 70 people in a café. Former News employee Mary Brunton instigated the event after she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, Mary lost her own battle with breast cancer in November 2014 — but her brainchild Pink Ribbon Brunch has become a lasting legacy in our region that may have already saved more lives than we will ever know.