16 October 2015
Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to give generously to volunteers in the CBD on Friday 16 October to help beat women’s cancers.
This October, Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign will raise essential funds for women’s cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
The pink army volunteers will take to the streets of the CBD with pink merchandise ahead of the official Pink Ribbon Day on Monday 26 October.
You can support Pink Ribbon Day (Monday 26 October) by purchasing an item or giving a donation to members of the pink army between 8am and 2pm this Friday 16 October.
The presence of pink throughout the city is a joint initiative between Cancer Council SA and BreastScreen SA with screening and detection messages a priority for the two organisations.
BreastScreen SA’s General Manager Jane Burden says they are excited to partner with Cancer Council SA to increase awareness of vital screening messages and raise funds for women’s cancer research.
“We want to encourage women aged 40-74 who are eligible for a free screening mammogram to take up the offer.
“Screening mammograms are currently the only clinically proven way to detect breast cancer early, before symptoms start to show. This gives you the best chance of successful treatment.”
Cancer Council Chief Executive Lincoln Size says the 10 minutes it takes to have a breast screen could save your life.
“If you can take 10 minutes to have a breast screen to detect changes you can’t feel, it can reduce your risk of dying from breast cancer by up to 40%,” Mr Size said.
You can also support the campaign by taking a couple of hours off this October and getting the girls together for a Girls’ Night In or a Pink Ribbon fundraiser.
1,500 South Australian women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer each year and every October, Australians come together to show their support.
This year, Cancer Council aims to raise $7.2 million (nationally) through pink fundraising.
Lincoln Size says that people can really be the difference.
“At Cancer Council SA we believe no one should go through a cancer journey alone and that together, we are stronger than cancer, so please support the pink army as they hit the streets,” Mr Size added.
Today, 89 per cent of Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer will be successfully treated. Similarly, the survival rate for women with uterine cancer has risen to 82 per cent and the survival rate for ovarian cancer five years after diagnosis is 45 per cent.
To get involved, visit www.pinkribbon.com.auor phone 1300 65 65 85.
For more information or to book a screening appointment, contact BreastScreen SA on 13 20 50.
For information on all cancers, contact 13 11 20.
The pink ribbon is the international symbol of support and recognition for women affected by breast cancer.