October is known around the world as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with fundraising activities and merchandise turning pink to raise money for this fantastic cause.
At the ACRF however, we refer to October as our “Women’s Cancer Month” – a time where we raise awareness and much needed funds for all types of cancer that affect Australian women.
Every day up to 50 women in Australia are diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer. These cancer types include uterine, cervical, vulva and ovarian – cancers which are sometimes forgotten and unfortunately under-funded. Then there are other common women’s cancers which we need to remember this October: bowel, lung and skin cancers.
We are committed to funding research into these cancer types, bringing new hope to our mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins and friends around the world. You can help us to make these research dreams a reality.
We are thrilled to have seen many positive outcomes in this year alone for research into breast cancer.
Australian researchers have made great progress in discovering new treatment options for both oestrogen-receptor positive breast cancers, and for triple-negative breast cancers. They’ve also developed the world’s smallest microscope, which fits into a needle and ensures increased accuracy during breast cancer operations.
Survival rates have now increased to 89% but our fight to save so many women continues. Cancer researchers are now working towards zero breast cancer deaths by 2030 and this increase will only be possible with more funding.
We also need to start seeing equally promising research and results into other women’s cancer types – the cancers that remain under-funded, and often forgotten: uterine, ovarian, vulva, cervical and others.
On the other hand, ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer affecting Australian women with average five-year survival rates at only 43%. Furthermore, over 2,000 women are diagnosed with uterine cancer each year; an average of six women being diagnosed each day.
We fund research into all of these types of cancer, and we have the power to turn these statistics around.