A SIMPLE text message is all it will take for Queensland women to determine their risk of cancer from today.
To mark Pink Ribbon Day, Cancer Council have launched the first Atlas of Women’s Cancer in Queensland.
The Atlas highlights geographic disparities in the diagnosis and mortality of breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers and is designed to help Queensland women prevent cancer, detect it early, and ultimately beat it.
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Queensland women simply text their postcode to Code Pink on 0488 770 088 or visit codepink.org.au, to receive an instant reply outlining their risk of diagnosis and survival based on where they live.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the Cancer Research Centre played a leading role in investigating why geographical disparities exist for women’s cancers.
“The Atlas shows the risk of Queensland women dying from a women’s cancer within five years of diagnosis is 42 per cent higher in regional and remote areas than urban areas,” Ms Clift said.
“There are a number of factors that influence the differences in cancer incidence and survival, including access to screening and diagnostic services, effective treatment and care.
“Differences in environmental risk factors, migration of cancer patients to and from other geographical areas, the mix of cancer types in a region and random chance are all factors too.”
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the Code Pink motto was simple: do it, live it, beat it.
“Do it! Participate in recommended breast and pap smear screening and pay attention to your pink bits. Make sure you visit a doctor straight away if you see or feel any abnormalities,” Ms Clift said.
“Live it! A healthy diet and lifestyle can prevent cancer – do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, follow a healthy diet, quit smoking and drink less alcohol.
“Beat it! Talk to the women in your life about cancer prevention, get involved in fundraising and if someone in your sisterhood is affected by cancer, call 13 11 20 for free information and support.”
More information about Code Pink and the Atlas of Women’s Cancer in Queensland is available at codepink.org.au or by texting your postcode to 0488 770 088.