Fo­cus on breast cancer aware­ness

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Women are be­ing re­minded early de­tec­tion of breast cancer can save lives, as Hed­land pre­pares to turn the town pink for Pink Rib­bon Day in the com­ing weeks.

There will be many ac­tiv­i­ties packed into the break­fast at Gate­way Vil­lage in South Hed­land, in­clud­ing live en­ter­tain­ment, live and silent auctions, lucky dips, and prizes for the best dressed male and fe­male.

The an­nual event, open to both male and fe­males, is pre­sented by Hed­land Well Women’s Cen­tre and BHP Bil­li­ton, and is aimed at rais­ing vi­tal funds in sup­port of women af­fected by breast cancer.

In light of the up­com­ing event, Cancer Aus­tralia have an­nounced the re­lease of a video, Lots To Live For, which aims to in­crease early de­tec­tion of breast cancer and im­prove sur­vival, par­tic­u­larly in indige­nous and Tor­res Strait Is­land women.

Cancer Aus­tralia data re­vealed indige­nous women were 16 per cent less likely to sur­vive breast cancer than non-indige­nous woman.

Cancer Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr He­len Zor­bas said the video was pro­duced to ed­u­cate women, par­tic­u­larly in indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, about the im­por­tance of breast aware­ness and early de­tec­tion of breast cancer.

“Find­ing breast cancer early, while it is still con­fined to the breast, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the chances of sur­vival,” she said.

“Early de­tec­tion of breast cancer through breast aware­ness and in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in mam­mo­graphic screen­ing are im­por­tant ways to im­prove sur­vival out­comes.”

The video is avail­able at https:// youtu.be/cLft­pu7Kl_M

Buy a ticket for the break­fast at Hed­land Well Women’s Cen­tre or Port Hed­land Vis­i­tors Cen­tre.

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