Host a night in to help oth­ers

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

The Girls’ Night In cam­paign runs through­out the month of Oc­to­ber, 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 is hop­ing more than 1400 Vic­to­rian women will host their own Girls’ Night In, with events in­clud­ing sleep-overs, movie nights, pam­per par­ties and many other cre­ative ideas.

In Be­nalla each year 46 lo­cal women are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer and 12 are di­ag­nosed with a form of gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer, such as cer­vi­cal, ovar­ian, vulva and uter­ine can­cers.

Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria act­ing head of sup­porter ex­pe­ri­ence Emily Wigney, said breast and gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cers touched many lives in one form or an­other.

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

‘‘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 age-group.

‘‘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 4330 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 by breast or gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer.’’

Reg­is­ter to host a Girls’ Night In this Oc­to­ber and do­nate the money you would spend on go­ing out to Can­cer Coun­cil’s vi­tal work in re­search, preven­tion and sup­port for women’s can­cers.

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

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