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Pink Ribbon Day

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Senator  Concetta Fierravanti‐Wells  Shadow Minister for Ageing   Shadow Minister for Mental Health  Liberal Senator for New South Wales 

Pink Ribbon Day 25/10/10

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pink Ribbon Day events around the nation sharpen the focus on the work of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, said Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Mental Health.

“This year 14,000 Australian women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer and increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said. “It is estimated that three-quarters of breast cancer cases occur in women age 50 and older.

“Pink Ribbon Day reminds us that there are many dedicated health professionals searching for better treatments to improve the outlook for those diagnosed and for people to better understand their risk and seek an early diagnosis.

“Think pink may be theme for a day, but think proactively is the life-long message. The best advice a woman can take is to know the normal look and feel of her breasts and see her GP if there is any change or anything that seems unusual.

“I will be attending the Sydney Pink Ribbon Day breakfast on Monday 25 October and would encourage all Australians to buy a pink ribbon and donate to this cause.

“Many Australians of all ages are living with a diagnosis of cancer. It can be a cruel and harsh disease and families often are gripped with an overwhelming sense of the unknown but we can take some comfort from the knowledge that medical research has made good progress in diagnosis and treatment of many forms of cancer.

“We are all touched by cancer and I will join millions of Australians who will be remembering much-loved family members and friends who have died from cancer and honouring their memory by supporting research.”