October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and provides community members with the opportunity to host or attend a Pink Ribbon Day fundraising event.
“It was my pleasure join a group of local women at Penrith’s Lakeside Restaurant, Pink Ribbon morning tea to raise funds which will go towards breast cancer research,” said Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith.
“It was terrific to see such a large turnout in support of this very worthy cause,” said Stuart Ayres.
With breast cancer the most common cancer affecting women across Australia, it is estimated that 16,084 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 alone. Breast cancer does also occur in men however it is rare.
Fortunately most people survive breast cancer with recent reports showing the 5 year relative survival rate is over 90% with many of those diagnosed with breast cancer living well past this period.
Although the number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer has shown an increase, the number of deaths is decreasing which can be attributed to earlier detection through self-examinations, mammograms and improved treatment.
Women aged between 50 and 74 are invited to access free screening mammograms every two years via the BreastScreen Australia Program. Women aged 40-49 and 75 and over are also eligible to receive free mammograms, however do not receive an invitation to attend.
“BreastScreen NSW has an office right here in Penrith and no doctor’s referral is required to book an appointment,” added Stuart Ayres.
For further details:
Pink Ribbon Day visit: www.pinkribbon.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85
BreastScreen NSW visit: www.breastscreennsw.gov.au or call 132050