'BE YOUR BREASTS FRIEND'
Pink Ribbon Day 23 October 2006
Breast cancer is the most common cancer (excluding non-melanocytic skin cancer) affecting Australian women. Australian statistics show that 1 in 11 women are likely to have breast cancer at some time in their life.
Every year, 165 women are diagnosed with Breast cancer on the Sunshine Coast.
Dr Deborah Pfeiffer, Medical Director of BreastScreen Queensland Nambour Service, said if breast cancer is found and treated early, there is an increased chance of surviving the disease.
This year the Queensland Cancer Fund and BreastScreen Queensland Nambour are hosting a 'Be Your Breasts Friend' breakfast and morning of festivities at the Cotton Tree pool.
The morning, which starts at 7am, will provide Sunshine Coast women with the opportunity to share some fun activities while promoting a serious message - 'The need for breast awareness and early detection of breast cancer.'
The morning will include:
• A free healthy breakfast and entrance to the Cotton Tree pool
• Free low impact aerobics session
• Bra fashion parade
• The opportunity to sign the Breast Awareness Pledge board and make a life long commitment to become 'Breast Aware'
• Ladies are also able to join in on one of the aqua aerobics classes for just $8
There will also be lucky door prizes and a prize for the most fabulously decorated bra.
As part of the morning, BreastScreen Queensland and the Queensland Cancer Fund are urging all Sunshine Coast women to 'be breast aware' which incorporates women
• Becoming familiar with the normal shape, size and feel of their breast area
• Reporting any changes or lumps in their breast area to their GP or health professional without delay, and
• Participating in a regular breast screening program every two years from the age of 50-69.
Sunshine Coast women are being urged to show the Power of Pink on the 23rd by jazzing up a bra for the fashion parade, donning something pink for the day and making their way down to the Cotton Tree pool to celebrate 'Breast Self Awareness' and Pink Ribbon Day this coming Monday.