Each year in Australia over 17,500 women are diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers. Survival rates are increasing due to earlier detection and better treatment but we still have a long way to go. Your support helps Cancer Council beat breast and gynaecological cancers through prevention programs, support services and world-class research.
Early detection is critical to increasing survival rates. Find out more about national screening programs, and ways to lower your cancer risk. Knowing about another person's personal experience of cancer can be a source of support and inspiration when you or someone you love is going through a cancer treatment.
Here, our inspirational Cancer Council Supporters share their stories. Find out more about national screening programs, and ways to lower your cancer risk.
"My advice to other women is to always listen to your body. Prevention and early detection is so important and it’s something you can start doing today."
"On November 13, 2013, a phone call changed my life. I was told my results were ready, and to bring a loved one to the hospital with me."
Imelda was inspired to support Cancer Council's Girls' Night In after experiencing breast cancer first-hand. She also has several friends who have had cancer.
"I can’t stress enough how important it is that women go for their tests every two years. If I hadn’t, my cancer would not have been caught early. It may have spread to other organs, or I might have needed a hysterectomy or may not even have survived to tell this story."
"My GP sent me to a breast clinic in Sydney. After a mammogram, ultrasound and core needle biopsy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 36."
Megan has beem a researcher at Cancer Council NSW for over 8 years and has been in the area of cervical screening for 20 years.