THE profile and awareness of breast cancer may have been raised in recent years, but that doesn’t make the disease any less important.
The Leeton Breast Cancer Support Group will again be marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October with several events.
A fashion parade will be held at Kendells on Wednesday night from 6pm to 8pm, with money raised going to Leeton Can Assist.
This will be followed by the traditional pink dinners at Pages on Pine on October 26 and 27, with bookings essential.
Adding something new to the mix this year is a huge display of handmade teddy bears and porcelain dolls at Laney Lashbrook-Gough’s home.
Mrs Lashbrook-Gough is a long-time member of the group and the dolls and bears were made by her mother.
The collection is open to view with donations going to the group. Phone 0409 444 272 to book a time.
Residents have also been encouraged to keep an eye out for the group's many volunteers, who will be selling tickets around town for their annual major raffle.
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
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.