The Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Bronnie Taylor MLC encouraged the Monaro community to get behind Pink Ribbon Day.
Celebrated today, Pink Ribbon Day is a breast cancer awareness and fundraising initiative of the Cancer Council, which helps raise funds in support of Australian women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers.
Ms. Taylor, a former McGrath Foundation breast care nurse said breast cancer continued to be the leading cause of cancer in women in NSW and was the second leading cause of cancer death among NSW women, after lung cancer.
“As a breast care nurse, I saw firsthand the terrible consequences that this cruel disease can have for women and their families,” said Ms Taylor.
“While the incidence of breast cancer is increasing, thankfully, mortality is decreasing.
“Prevention is our best chance at reducing that number further, so it is important members of our community know what they can do to minimise their risk of developing breast cancer.
Key steps women can take to reduce their risk of developing breast cancer include:
- making healthy life choices to reduce risks over which they have some control;
- for women in the target age range of 50 to 74 years, attending BreastScreen NSW clinics to have a free mammogram every two years;
- and seeking medical advice without delay if they notice a breast change that is unusual.
Mr Barilaro said the BreastScreen NSW program, coordinated through the Cancer Institute NSW, funds local health districts in NSW to provide free client-centred screening and assessment services, managed by a team of skilled professionals.
“The program aims to provide access to target age women close to where they live through a combination of more than 200 fixed and mobile screening venues across NSW,” said Mr Barilaro.
“I think that this is a fantastic program for achieving focused and effective outcomes in the long haul fight against Breast Cancer. The support we give to programs like BreastScreen is integral to our hopes of stopping this disease.”
Pink Ribbon Day events are being held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in the community.