Pink Oc­to­ber

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

OC­TO­BER is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness month and lo­cal suf­fer­ers and sur­vivors have some great sup­port groups around the area which of­fer in­for­ma­tion and friendly sup­port.

Pink In The Trop­ics is the re­gion’s own breast can­cer sup­port group and aims to help women feel less iso­lated dur­ing their breast can­cer jour­ney.

Port Dou­glas woman Jenny Row­ell was di­ag­nosed with stage 1A breast can­cer in July 2012, af­ter a visit to her doc­tor for un­re­lated rea­sons.

Ms Row­ell said she wasn’t due for a mam­mo­gram for another 12 months but since the ul­tra­sound ma­chine was there, the doc­tor de­cided on a quick check.

‘‘The doc­tor did the ul­tra­sound and I am very luck that it was picked up,’’ she said.

‘‘It found that I was in the early stages of breast can­cer and within two weeks I un­der­went surgery on the Gold Coast.

‘‘I un­der­went a lumpec­tomy and a lymph node check which came back clear; I had chemo­ther­apy, ra­di­a­tion and hor­mone treat­ments and I go for check-ups.’

Ms Row­ell joined Pink In The Trop­ics and found the sup­port they of­fered re­ally helped on her jour­ney.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent and ev­ery jour­ney is dif­fer­ent, but it is im­por­tant for peo­ple to know that there is in­for- ma­tion, help and sup­port avail­able,’’ she said.

‘‘My ad­vice to peo­ple is, don’t be scared, it’s not a death sen­tence.’’

Pink In The Trop­ics of­fers sup­port to lo­cal women liv­ing with breast can­cer re­sid­ing, from Wangetti right up to the Daintree.

The Pink In The Trop­ics ladies have been fundrais­ing and re­cently do­nated $5000 to Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia (BCNA).

BCNA is the peak na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion for Aus­tralians per­son­ally af­fected by breast can­cer, with a net­work of over 85,000 in­di­vid­u­als and over 320 mem­ber groups, not only in cities but in ru­ral ar­eas as well.

Ev­ery day in Aus­tralia, 41 women will be told they have breast can­cer and 4000 Queens­land women will be di­ag­nosed with breast or gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer this year alone.

BCNA in­forms, em­pow­ers, rep­re­sents and links to­gether women and fam­i­lies af­fected by breast can­cer.

BCNA works to en­sure that women di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer, and their fam­i­lies, re­ceive the very best in­for­ma­tion, treat­ment, care and sup­port pos­si­ble. Visit www. bcna. org. au for more in­for­ma­tion on their pro­grams and ser­vices and for the free My Jour­ney Kit for women newly di­ag­nosed with can­cer, or for lo­cal sup­port and in­for­ma­tion visit www.pink­inthetrop­ics.org

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