Living busy, over-committed and digitally saturated lives – it’s often easy to let a good conversation fall by the wayside. When was the last time you gave your mum/sister/friend a call or dropped in for a cup of coffee instead of sending a text or online message? As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we are encouraging you to take some time to talk to the women in your lives and start an important conversation about breast awareness.
One in eight women will develop breast or gynecological cancer in their lifetime so there’s no better time to take a moment to celebrate the mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, cousins, nieces, friends and colleagues who make your life amazing. Take them out to coffee or have a ladies lunch and enjoy a laugh (or five) with the women who make your life special and start a conversation to raise awareness around breast and gynaecological cancers.
Unite in Pink
Monday 27th of October is Pink Ribbon Day and is a great way to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink Ribbon Day works to raise awareness and vital funds for breast and gynecological cancers. Silke Nixon, Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson urges all Australians to “Unite in Pink” for Pink Ribbon Day.
“Money raised from Pink Ribbon Day helps us to find new ways to prevent cancer, detect it earlier and treat it more effectively to help more of our mums, sisters, aunties and best friends survive” she said.
How can you get involved? Consider hosting a Pink Ribbon Day Event. There are several to choose from and you can be as creative or imaginative as you want but some good starters include a Pink Breakfast or Pink BBQ, a Girls’ Night In or a Wear Pink Day.
Sign up to sell pink merchandise – including t-shirts, pens, water bottles, ribbons, flowers, stress balls and teddy bears – or volunteer on Pink Ribbon day and sign up to sell merchandise at one of the pre-arranged Pink Ribbon Day locations in your area. Or, turn your dollars pink and donate to a worthy cause.
No matter what event you choose, know that you are making a real difference in the lives of those fighting these cancers through your fundraising.
Reduce Risk and Raise Awareness
While raising funds is an important part of Breast Cancer Awareness, raising awareness is equally important as early detection is linked to a higher rate to successful treatment.
With this in mind, the Cancer Council has put out some recommendations to help reduce your cancer risk.
- Quit smoking – smoking increases the risk of many cancers, including cervical cancer and cancer of the vulva.
- Get checked – screening and early detection are paramount to treatment success. Pap smears every two years (after the age of 18) are recommended for detecting gynecological cancers and regular mammograms, which look for breast cancers, are recommended after the age of 50. Be breast aware and self-check regularly. For tips on self-checking, visit the Cheeky Check-Up.
- Exercise – just thirty minutes a day of light to moderate exercise may reduce your risk.
- Eat for Health – eating nutritious food and maintaining a healthy weight will reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. Limit alcohol intake too, as alcohol is a significant risk factors for several cancers, including breast cancer.
The Final Word
This Pink Ribbon Day, take some time to talk to the women in your life about the importance of Breast Awareness. Your conversation could be the starting point for early detection or at the very least, early awareness. For more information about fundraising and getting involved, head over to the Pink Ribbon website.