Pink it up, people By Liz Rogers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so now’s the time to find out as much as you can about breast awareness and share it with friends and family. Don a pink ribbon to show your support and to honour those who have survived the disease and those who weren’t so lucky. 

Whether you’re taking part in the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s pink ribbon breakfast to raise money, joining in with the McGrath Foundation in encouraging everyone to ‘pink up’ their towns in the quest to place more breast care nurses in communities, or just remembering someone you miss, October gives you the chance to look after your own breast health and encourage others to do the same.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women other than non-melanoma skin cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month puts women’s health at the forefront and encourages us to remember it’s not rocket science, girls! Checking for changes in your breasts regularly and being aware of any signs of unusual pain that doesn’t go away improves survival rates because early detection does matter.

Log on to canceraustralia.gov.au, nbcf.org.au or pinkribbon.com.au to find out more and to ensure you’re putting your breast health first. Today and tomorrow.

From February to December the Mornington Peninsula Women’s Cancer Group meets at The Bays Hospital in Mornington on first Wednesday of each month at 12.30pm, and at the Hastings Consulting Suite, 74 Victoria Rd, Hastings on the third Tuesday of each month from 10.30am-noon. All women with all cancers at all stages are welcome. Phone Jo on 0429 929 071.