October 22, 2018

Think Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Week

This week we are encouraging staff to ‘Think Pink’, focus on breast cancer, and its impact on those affected in our community.

Breast cancer remains the most common type of cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer).

On average, 8 people die of breast cancer every day. The risk of being diagnosed with cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women.

However survival rates continue to improve, with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

Northern Health Breast Care Nurse, Cheryl Murray, would like staff to take time this week to be breast aware.

“If you haven’t started breast screening – start it now!” she said.

Cheryl encourages all departments to participate in the ‘Pink Up Your Door’ competition and get creative:

“The most creative door will win a $100 Coles Myer Gift Card!”

For more resource material and additional information on how you can support breast cancer awareness, visit the ‘Pink up your door’ page on Northern Health’s intranet.

Cheryl left us with this thought -“1 in 8 women in Australia will get breast cancer. That’s something to pink about!”

Look Good Feel Better is a workshop run by the Cancer Patients Foundation, helping to improve the wellbeing and confidence of people undergoing treatment for cancer. Over the ten years the workshop has been running at Northern Health, it has supported over 350 patients with cancer. Watch below to discover one patient’s story.