Cancer Council Queensland says it predicts more than 550 women in the Gold Coast will be diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer this year, and that the disease will take the lives of more than 100.
The dire prediction comes as the not for profit organisation today launches its Girls’ Night In campaign.
“Women have never needed an excuse to get together, but if there ever was one – Girls’ Night In is it!” said Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift.
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“Whether you host a pyjama party, pot luck dinner, movie night, clothes swap or a pamper party – your support will make a tangible difference to those affected by women’s cancers,” she said.
But the organisation says a Girls’ Night In event could be as simple as spending a night with girlfriends and then donating what you would have spent on a night out to Cancer Council Queensland. All funds raised will be invested in vital cancer research, patient support services and prevention programs for women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
Ms Clift said the event was also a great opportunity for women to get together an talk about their health.
“From sharing healthy recipes to fitness tips, checking up on cancer screening and sharing personal stories – we want women to connect over their health and wellbeing.
Register to hold a Girls’ Night In event at www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85 for more information.