GOLD Coast ladies are being encouraged to gather all their girlfriends together for a special night in this month.
Cancer Council Queensland is calling on local women to host a Girls’ Night In fundraiser to beat women’s cancers.
Hundreds of Queensland women have already registered to host a Girls’ Night In to help raise vital funds to support the one in six Queensland women who will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime.
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Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encouraged all women to get the girls together, talk about health and show support for other women impacted by cancer.
“This year alone, around 3900 Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer and around 800 will die from these women’s cancers,” Ms Clift said.
“The good news is that you can take simple measures to reduce your overall cancer risk.
“This month provides a great opportunity to reach out to your loved ones – ask about their health, encourage them to get screened, lend a helping hand or be a listening ear.
“Simply get the girls together for a fun night in and donate what you would normally spend on a night out – your contribution will support women impacted by cancer through funding Cancer
Council Queensland’s vital work in women’s cancer research, education and patient support services.”
This year Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise $2.35 million through Pink Ribbon Day and Pink Ribbon Fundraising events including Girls’ Night In.
Unite in pink this October – buy pink, register to host a Girls’ Night In or Pink Ribbon Fundraiser, donate or volunteer on Pink Ribbon Day, Monday October 27.
More information is available via pinkribbon.com.au or 1300 65 65 85.
[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]To help detect cancer early, be aware of what is normal for you and report any changes to a GP immediately. Look for:
• Lumps, sores or ulcers that don’t heal.
• Unusual changes in your breasts – lumps, thickening, unusual discharge, nipples that suddenly turn inwards, changes in shape, colour or unusual pain.
• Coughs that don’t go away, show blood, or a hoarseness that hangs around.
• Weight loss that can’t be explained.
• Any loss of blood, even a few spots between periods or after they stop.
• Moles that have changed shape, size or colour, or an inflamed skin sore that hasn’t healed.
• Blood in a bowel motion.
• Persistent changes in toilet habits.
• Persistent abdominal pain or bloating.[/signoff]