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Pink Ribbon Day

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Monday 25 October 2010

Pink Ribbon Day

In parliament today, Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray, commended the Shepparton community for their response to Breast Cancer awareness.

Sharman Stone acknowledged the huge effort made in rasing millions of dollars through the Relay for Life and the special breakfast held today at the Goulburn Valley Hotel, attracting more than 700 people.

Dr Stone paid special tribute to 37 year old Tracey Jackson who died very recently after a battle with breast cancer. She leaves a loving husband and a 9 year old daughter.

Tracey met with Dr Stone some time ago and talked about her misdiagnosed condition which meant she went without critical treatment for two and a half years. Tragically this miss-diagnosis may have cost Tracey her life.

“While 1 in 9 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 it is essential that younger women with a family history of breast cancer, or suspicious changes in their breasts, immediately seek a check up,” Sharman Stone said.

“Early detection is so important in defeating this disease and local Breast screening is available.

Dr Stone also reminded parliament that rural and regional women often have to travel long distances for many weeks for treatment which adds a great cost to their households and families.

“Even when eligible, many women don’t get financial support; it is simply too hard and complicated to apply. This must be addressed.”

Dr Stone praised the work of the three new breast cancer nurses who have been supported to work in the Goulburn Valley through the McGrath Foundation funding.

“Breast care nurses have given great comfort to women recovering from breast cancer treatment,” Dr Stone said.

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