Plan a night with the girls

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Moira Shire women are be­ing en­cour­aged to get the girls to­gether for a Girls’ Night In to help sup­port lo­cal women di­ag­nosed with a breast or gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer.

The cam­paign runs through­out Oc­to­ber, Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, but events can be held in Novem­ber.

All funds raised go to­ward Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s work in re­search, preven­tion and sup­port ser­vices for women’s can­cers.

To get in­volved, sim­ply reg­is­ter to host an event, in­vite your girl­friends over for a night in and ask them to do­nate what they would have spent on a night out.

This year, Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria is hop­ing more than 1400 Vic­to­rian women will host their own event, be a sleep­over, movie night, pam­per party or some­thing else.

In Moira Shire in 2014 to 2016, 82 lo­cal women were di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and 20 di­ag­nosed with a form of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer (such as cer­vi­cal, ovar­ian, vulva and uter­ine can­cers).

Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria act­ing sup­porter ex­pe­ri­ence head Emily Wigney said breast and gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers touched many lives.

‘‘Many of our moth­ers, our grand­mas, daugh­ters, sis­ters and friends have been af­fected,’’ she said.

‘‘Host­ing or at­tend­ing a Girls’ Night In event isn’t only an op­por­tu­nity to raise much-needed funds for women’s can­cers; it can also raise much-needed aware­ness about early de­tec­tion and can­cer preven­tion.’’

Breast can­cer is the most com­mon new can­cer for Vic­to­rian women with more than 4330 new di­ag­noses each year.

Ad­vance­ments in preven­tion, de­tec­tion and treat­ment means a woman di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer has a 91 per cent chance of sur­viv­ing for five years.

Re­search has helped to with new and more ef­fec­tive cer­vi­cal screen­ing pro­grams.

Host a Girls’ Night In and do­nate the money you would spend on go­ing out.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.girl­ or phone 1300 656 585.

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