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Think pink in October

Every day in Australia, around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
In NSW alone, it’s predicted that by 2016, 18 people will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer every day, with over 6,500 cases, and 1,459 deaths expected in a single year.
In the Northern NSW region, it is predicted that, by 2016, 350 people will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer in a single year, with 73 deaths expected.
Cancer Council is the only charity in Australia that funds research into breast and gynaecological cancers while providing complete support for anyone affected by women’s cancers.
Money raised from Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon/Girls’ Night In helps fund world-class research into women’s cancers, cancer prevention and advocacy programs, and support services to help those affected by women’s cancers at every part of their journey.
Cancer Council NSW has awarded over $5.6million in grants for women’s cancer research over the last five years, spanning breast, ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer.
This research has covered many aspects; from investigating genetic cancer risk, to new drug treatments and therapies for women’s cancers.
In 2015, Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon aims to raise $7.2million nationally, and over $3.1million in NSW alone.
You can show your support for everyone affected by breast and gynaecological cancers by:
• Registering to host a Girls’ Night In during October at www.girlsnightin.com.au;
• Registering to host a Pink Ribbon fundraiser during October at www.pinkribbon.com.au;
• Plan a pink breakfast or picnic and show your support for women with breast or a gynaecological cancer;
• Buying Pink Ribbon merchandise in time for Pink Ribbon Day 2015 on Friday October 23;
• Volunteering your time and joining thousands of generous volunteers across the country who will work together selling merchandise to help beat women’s cancers this October.

Women’s Cancers:
Every day in Australia, around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, representing 28 per cent of all cancers in women.
About 14,000 women in Australia are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85.

Where does the money go?
There are many ways your money can support Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon 2015 and even the smallest amount will make a difference:
• $5 can go towards producing a meditation DVD to help a woman deal with the agony of chemotherapy.
• $10 helps pay for an Information Pack for women to cope with the aftermath of surgery.

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