Host Girls’ Night In, raise funds for women’s cancers

RAISE FUNDS, RAISE AWARENESS: Dubbo cancer survivor Flo Ashby with Brianna Carracher from Cancer Council NSW Western Region who is encouraging people to host a Girls' Night In this month. Photo: FILE
RAISE FUNDS, RAISE AWARENESS: Dubbo cancer survivor Flo Ashby with Brianna Carracher from Cancer Council NSW Western Region who is encouraging people to host a Girls' Night In this month. Photo: FILE

Cancer Council NSW is encouraging women in Dubbo to host a Girls’ Night In to help support cancer research.

The event aims to raise funds to allow Cancer Council to continue research into women’s cancers, while also encouraging the attendees to have a conversation about ways to prevent cancer.

A new study by Cancer Council NSW has found that HPV-based cervical screening in Australia is predicted to decrease a woman’s lifetime risk of cervical surgery, compared to the current Pap test program.

HPV screening – the system that Australia is transitioning to this December – enables earlier diagnosis of cervical lesions. It is expected to decrease cervical cancer rates and mortality by at least 20 per cent.

Cancer Council NSW Western Region’s Brianna Carracher said when the new cervical screening program begins, vaccinated women will be at a 13 per cent lower risk of cervical surgery over their lifetime compared to if pap smear screening was still used. There was also a decreased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, she said.

The new cervical screening program is expected to lead to fewer preterm deliveries and fewer babies born with low birthweight.

Holding a Girl’s Night In will allow the Cancer Council to continue funding their research.

For more information about hosting a night in visit www.girlsnightin.com.au.