Locals encouraged to host a Girls’ Night In for the fight against women's cancers

Monday 9 September, 2019

Cancer Council is urging women in communities across Australia to get together this October to raise funds and awareness for women’s cancers by hosting a Girls’ Night In event to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Every day in Australia, around 70 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer –our mothers, grandmas, daughters, sisters, and friends. Sadly, every day around 12 Australian women die from a women's cancer.

Cancer Council Victoria’s Head of Community Engagement Lyrian Fleming-Parsley said the organisation is hoping to recruit 700 Girls’ Night In hosts in Victoria to raise more than $500,000.

“Unfortunately, women’s cancers touch many lives in one form or another, either directly or through the experience of family and friends. Hosting or attending a Girls’ Night In event isn’t only an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for breast and gynaecological cancers; it can also raise awareness about early detection and cancer prevention.”

“A third of cancers can be prevented by making healthy lifestyle choices and taking part in the recommended screening programs for your age-group. Getting together with the girls and opening up these conversations is a great way to spread awareness and perhaps change someone’s life,” said Ms Fleming-Parsley.   

“Events can range from a simple movie-night to a gala ball – no event is too big or too small and funds raised support vital cancer research, the ongoing development of prevention programs and support and information services.”

While great advancements have been made with women’s cancers, there is still much to be done to reduce the impact of women’s cancers, with data finding:

  • 6,000 Victorian women will be diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer this year alone.
  • Breast cancer is the most common new cancer in Victorian women with 4,555 new diagnoses in 2017 – accounting for almost a third of all cancers in women.
  • Every year, about 1500 Victorian women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer.
  • 7 in 10 Victorian women who develop cervical cancer either never had a Cervical Screening Test or did not have them regularly prior to diagnosis.

Register to host a Girls’ Night In this October and donate the money you would spend on going out to Cancer Council’s vital work in research, prevention and support for women’s cancers. For more information, visit www.girlsnightin.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.