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It’s a sad and worrying fact: every day, approximately 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer. These cancers strike at the very heart of what makes a female female. Breast, uterine, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancers attack their femininity and often, the changes from not only the cancer but the treatments can be depersonalising and demoralising.

It’s not all bad news, however. Pink Ribbon Day was created originally to raise money and awareness of breast cancer, but has now encompassed all gynaecological cancers, too. An initiative of the Cancer Council, Pink Ribbon Day is on Monday October 27th and encourages everyone to be involved. You can host your own event, sell merchandise or simply purchase items to do your bit. Of course, donations are welcomed as are volunteers – information is available on their website.

Pink Ribbon Day

If you want to go all out, why not host a Girls’ Night In? The money you’d usually spend on a night out with your girlfriends is redirected to a night in, complete with girly treats and treasures. If you’d love to be involved but not host, then find a night in close to you and make new friends. Maybe a morning tea is more your style – the same applies, just during the day! Register your fundraiser and the Cancer Council will promote your event (you might have extras turn up, helping you make new friends that way). Make it pink and pretty, and raise money for a cause that affects most people at one time in their lives. Ideas and hints for planning your event, fundraising and banking the money raised can all be found online. And as a special thank you for your hard efforts, if you raise money and bank it early you go into the draw to win one of two holidays to either Port Douglas or the Gold Coast!

Funds raised help beat cancer in many ways: meditation DVDs for women undergoing treatment, accommodation for those women who live too far from the hospital to travel for treatment, funds for mums who work but can’t pay bills while they’re being treated, nurses manning 13 11 20 who reassure women worried about their diagnosis and of course, research and resources.

If you have a health concern that’s been worrying you for too long, don’t delay in getting it checked out. Make an appointment any time of the day or night, even when the doctor’s offices are closed. With 1st Available, you can make an appointment with a doctor close to you, at a time that suits you. It’s a free service, and if you download our app (on the Apple App Store or Google Play) you can book on the go.

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