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