Queensland: It’s time to catch up with your favourite ladies to change the lives of women affected by cancer!

Thousands of women across the state are expected to attend or host a Cancer Council Girls’ Night In during the month of October to raise funds and awareness for breast and gynaecological cancers.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan urged all women to make a date for Girls’ Night In, talk about health and show support for other women impacted by cancer.

“Hosting a Girls’ Night In is the perfect opportunity to get together with friends, while raising funds to support the one in six Queensland women who will be diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer in their lifetime,” Ms McMillan said.

“Events can be as big or small as you would like – we’re expecting about 1200 pamper parties, clothes swaps, cooking nights or games nights this year in Queensland alone.”

You heard it right: get your hands on some face-masks, moisturisers, a bottle of bubbly, and a cheese platter, invite all your nearest and dearest girlfriends, and have a great night in for a really great cause! Every event gives hope to around 4200 women diagnosed with a women’s cancer each year in Queensland. Sadly, around 830 women also die from the disease on an annual basis.

A Girls’ Night In costs a fraction of the price of going out and Ms McMillan encouraged those who attend Girls’ Nights In events to donate the money they saved to help those affected by cancer.

“Breast and gynaecological cancers unfortunately touch everyone’s life in one form or another – directly or through the experience of family and friends,” Ms McMillan said.

“Campaigns like Girls’ Night In allows Cancer Council Queensland to work across every aspect of women’s cancers, from research, to prevention, support and advocacy.

“We know that if cancer is found and treated early, there is increased chance of surviving the disease – however, only half of all eligible Queensland women participate in recommended breast and cervical screening,” Ms McMillan said.

“Girls’ Night In provides a great opportunity to reach out to your loved ones – ask about their health, encourage them to get screened, share healthy living tips, or be a listening ear.”

Cancer Council Girls’ Night In aims to raise $500,000 through 1200 hosts in Queensland in 2017.

Register your Girls’ Night In event for a free host kit and find more information at www.girlsnightin.com.au

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.