Unit­ing the girls in Moira Shire against women’s can­cer

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Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria is en­cour­ag­ing women in Moira Shire to get the girls to­gether for a Girls Night In event to help sup­port lo­cal women di­ag­nosed with a breast or gy­ne­co­log­i­cal can­cer.

In Moira Shire each year, 82 lo­cal women are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and 20 di­ag­nosed with a form of gy­ne­co­log­i­cal can­cer (such as cer­vi­cal, ovar­ian, vulva and uter­ine can­cers).

The Girls Night In cam­paign runs through­out the month of Oc­to­ber which is also Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, but events can also be held in Novem­ber.

All funds raised go to­ward Can­cer Coun­cil’s work in vi­tal 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 are hop­ing over 1,400 Vic­to­rian women will host their own Girls Night In, with events in­clud­ing sleep-overs, movie nights, pam­per par­ties and many other creative ideas.

Act­ing Head of Sup­porter Ex­pe­ri­ence at Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria, Emily Wigney, said: “Breast and gy­ne­co­log­i­cal can­cers touch many lives in one form or an­other.

“Many of our moth­ers, our grand­mas, daugh­ters, sis­ters, and friends have been af­fected.

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

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that a third of can­cers can be pre­vented by mak­ing healthy life­style choices and tak­ing part in the rec­om­mended screen­ing pro­grams for your age­group.

“Get­ting to­gether with the girls and start­ing these con­ver­sa­tions is a great way to spread aware­ness and per­haps change some­one’s life.”

Breast can­cer is the most com­mon new can­cer for Vic­to­rian women with more than 4,330 new di­ag­noses each year; how­ever, ad­vance­ments in preven­tion, de­tec­tion and treat­ment now mean a woman di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer has a 91 per cent chance of sur­viv­ing for five years.

Re­search from Can­cer Coun­cil has helped to in­form the changes for a new and more ef­fec­tive cer­vi­cal screen­ing pro­gram for women which is now in ef­fect.

“These im­prove­ments are thanks to in­vest­ment in re­search, preven­tion and sup­port be­cause of fundrais­ers like Girls Night In,” Ms Wigney said.

“You can make your event as big or as small as you like - a ca­sual din­ner party, a dress-up movie night, a pam­per­ing ses­sion. The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less and any event you host will help sup­port women af­fected.

“Can­cer Coun­cil is the only char­ity in Aus­tralia that funds re­search into breast and gy­ne­co­log­i­cal can­cers while also pro­vid­ing sup­port for women af­fected. We rely on the com­mu­nity to help us con­tinue our work.”

Reg­is­ter to host a Girls Night In this Oc­to­ber and do­nate the money you would spend on go­ing out to re­search for women’s can­cers.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.girl­snightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

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