Host a Girls’ Night In

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

IT’S THAT time of year again – Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is en­cour­ag­ing women to har­ness the power of their friend­ship to make a dif­fer­ence and raise aware­ness of women’s can­cer through our Girls’ Night In cam­paign.

Sim­ply by reg­is­ter­ing to host an event at girl­snightin.com.au, get­ting to­gether with friends and do­nat­ing what you would have spent on a night out you can help us sup­port more than 4180 women are di­ag­nosed with a breast and gy­nae­co­log­i­cal can­cer each year.

Events can be as big or as small as you would like.

It is a fun, sim­ple way to make a dif­fer­ence.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare, just half of Queens­land women par­tic­i­pate in all the free, na­tional can­cer screen­ing pro­grams.

Only 56 per cent of el­i­gi­ble women get mam­mo­grams at Breast­Screen clin­ics in Queens­land, while only 53 per cent of women par­tic­i­pate in the Cer­vi­cal Screen­ing Pro­gram.

Shock­ingly, as lit­tle as 40 per cent of el­i­gi­ble women par­tic­i­pate in the Na­tional Bowel Can­cer Screen­ing Pro­gram.

This means only half of our friends and fam­ily – half of the women we love – are not get­ting screened for th­ese can­cers.

We know that th­ese na­tional screen­ing pro­grams are the best way to de­tect can­cer early, and when can­cer is de­tected ear­lier, the chance of sur­vival in­creases.

This is why it’s vi­tal we en­cour­age the women in our lives to pri­ori­tise par­tic­i­pat­ing in can­cer screen­ing pro­grams.

Host a Girls’ Night In event this Oc­to­ber or Novem­ber, so we can re­mind our moth­ers, sis­ters, daugh­ters and friends to get screened.

A Girls’ Night In is an op­por­tu­nity to catch up, raise funds and save lives. Whose life will you save?

— Chris McMil­lan Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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