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BCNA News 18 Sep 2015

Get involved this October!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with one in eight women diagnosed by the time they turn 85. This year 15,600 Australian women and 145 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Despite improvements in diagnosis, treatment and management in recent decades, 42 Australian women are diagnosed each day and seven will lose their lives to the disease.  Raising awareness is an important part of reducing the impact of breast cancer on Australian women and families.

October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a special time to acknowledge and support the many women and families across the country affected by breast cancer. Breast Cancer Awareness Month originated in the United States in the 1980s and is now the internationally recognised month for breast cancer awareness.

This October BCNA invites all Australians to take time out to make sure family, friends and loved ones are well informed, and to ensure those affected know they are not alone in their breast cancer journey.

How you can get involved:

Hold a Mini-Field of Women or Pink Lady Even

During October BCNA Support Groups and members across Australia will gather together to show support and pay tribute to women and their families affected by breast cancer by holding a Mini-Field of Women. A Mini-Field of Women is a visual display of 100 Pink Lady silhouettes with friends and family leaving personal messages on the silhouettes.

Holding a Pink Lady fundraising event during October is an easy and fun way to support BCNA’s work. From a simple afternoon tea to a fancy cocktail party, BCNA will help you get it up and running and ensure your event has a big splash of hot pink!

Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BCNA is highlighting the unique needs of women living with secondary breast cancer to ensure these women and their families feel supported and connected. October 13 is Australia’s National Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and we encourage you to acknowledge and raise awareness of this via social media and any other activities you may be involved in during the month of October.

Attend a Pink Lady Luncheon

After a number of successful years in Melbourne and Brisbane, BCNA is thrilled to announce that we will be expanding our Pink Lady luncheon series in 2015 to include Perth, Hobart and Canberra.

The luncheons provide an opportunity to support Australians affected by breast cancer and are held in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) and Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day (13 October).

The Pink Lady luncheon series provides a wonderful chance to hear from inspiring speakers, and learn more about BCNA. It is a great way to entertain clients or catch up with friends in a stunning venue whilst enjoying a fine dining experience.

Take part in a Fun Run

Fun runs and walks are great for those who want to get fitter or simply spend time with family and friends while supporting BCNA. There are a number of different fun runs and walks held throughout Australia during October, simply sign up and choose BCNA as your nominated charity to fundraise for.

  • For a list of all the Fun Runs on during Breast Cancer Awareness Month view our 2015 Fun Run calendar