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Langwarrin Footy Ladies ‘can do’ for Breast Cancer cause

Langwarrin Junior Football Club again displayed its ‘can do for the community’ attitude with its second annual ‘Pink Ladies High Tea’ in support of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

Led by the Club’s social committee member Jodie Greenough, the dedicated team raised nearly $5000 for BCNA thanks to the support of the community and many local businesses.

Local Federal MP, Bruce Billson joined Club President, Graham Pryde and new sponsors, Cranbourne Toyota and approximately 70 ladies to hear from BCNA representatives Jo Lovelock and Sharon Driessen, and one of the growing number of male survivors, former local businessman, Mark Foster.

The BCNA works to ensure Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.

BCNA is a fantastic organisation which provides invaluable support and help to those with cancer and their family.

Around 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85, with more than 40 women being diagnosed each day.

While the five year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is now 89%, we need to keep building on this improvement with early detection through regular mammograms, regular self-examination and the ongoing search for improved treatments through medical research.

Perhaps one of the young people running around local footy grounds today will be a future
world-renowned breast cancer researcher who will follow in the footsteps of Australian pharmacologist, Howard Florey whose discoveries helped to create penicillin and save hundreds of millions of lives.

Further information on the Breast Cancer Network Australia is available at www.bcna.org.au