Girls’ night in

By Sumeyya Ilanbey

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched by women’s cancer.

Each year, more than 4000 Victorians are diagnosed with a type of breast or gynaecological cancer.

In Moorabool, 59 women were diagnosed with breast and 29 with a form of gynaecological (such as cervical, ovarian, vulva and uterine) cancers between 2014 and 2016. And in Melton, this figure was 191 and 77, respectively.

To support those women who’ve been diagnosed, and commemorate those who’ve lost their lives, the Cancer Council is encouraging Melton and Moorabool women to host a Girls’ Night In. Running throughout October and November, the event is a way for women to get together and donate what they would have spent on a night out.

Cancer Council Victoria’s acting head of support experience, Emily Wigner, said getting together with friends was a great way to spread awareness and change someone’s life.

“Breast and gynaecological cancers touch many lives in one form or another,” Ms Wigney said. “Many of our mothers, our grandmas, daughters, sisters and friends have been affected. Hosting a Girls’ Night In event isn’t only an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for women’s cancers – it can also raise much-needed awareness about early detection and cancer prevention.”

To register a Girls’ Night In, visit or call 1300 656 585.