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Pink cups for breast cancer awareness

Date posted: 9 October 2017

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) in Queensland, plan to paint the town pink with coffee cups and distribute dilly bags to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to help promote breast cancer awareness month in October 2017.

The WBHHS Indigenous Health team created the dilly bags which display Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork to promote health and breast screening within the community.

Businesses are being encouraged by WBHHS to buy the coffee cups sold at below wholesale price to help generate conversation about breast screening.

Hervey Bay Hospital Oncology Nurse Unit Manager, Julie Evans, said the campaign hoped to demystify concerns associated with breast screening.

'Most women think if I go for a mammogram they're going to pick something up and it's that fear of finding something, but that's not the case, only one in nine women will go on for further assessment,' Ms Evans said.

Free breast screens are available to all women aged 40 and above.

Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle


Last updated: 7 November 2017
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