FIGHT­ING THE GOOD FIGHT

ME - - News - — Corinna Bold­is­ton, Editor

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.

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