How Risky are Your Pink Bits?

How Risky are Your Pink Bits?

Late last month, Cancer Council Queensland launched the Code Pink campaign, releasing the first ever Atlas of Women’s Cancer in Queensland. The Atlas highlights the geographic disparities in the diagnosis and mortality of all breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers in Queensland.

By Katie Clift | 19th November 2014

It’s a question that could save your life.

Late last month, Cancer Council Queensland launched the Code Pink campaign, releasing the first ever Atlas of Women’s Cancer in Queensland. The Atlas highlights the geographic disparities in the diagnosis and mortality of all breast, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers in Queensland.

A postcode now allows all Queensland women to determine their risk of women’s cancers. All you need to do is hit up codepink.org.au, enter your postcode, and you’ll receive an instant reply outlining your risk of diagnosis and survival based on where you live.

The Atlas shows the risk of Queensland women dying from a women’s cancer within five years of diagnosis is 42 per cent higher in regional and remote areas than urban areas.

While we’re not sure exactly why the geographical disparities exist for women’s cancers, we do know that there are a number of factors that influence the differences in cancer incidence and survival, including access to screening and diagnostic services, effective treatment and care.

Differences in environmental risk factors, migration of cancer patients to and from other geographical areas, the mix of cancer types in a region and random chance are all factors too.

So, you’ve input your postcode at codepink.org.au and now know how risky your pink bits are… what next?

The Code Pink Survival Kit.

CCQ’s Code Pink Survival Kit is designed to help Queensland women prevent cancer, detect it early, and ultimately beat it.

The Code Pink motto is simple – Do it, Live it, Beat it!

Do it! Participate in recommended breast and pap smear screening and pay attention to your pink bits. Make sure you visit a doctor straight away if you see or feel any abnormalities.

Live it! A healthy diet and lifestyle can prevent cancer – do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, follow a healthy diet, quit smoking and drink less alcohol.

Beat it! Talk to the women in your life about cancer prevention, get involved in fundraising and if someone in your sisterhood is affected by cancer, call 13 11 20 for free information and support.

At least 10 Queensland women are diagnosed with a women’s cancer every day. Let’s do our part to prevent cancer, detect it early, and help beat it.

Do your sisterhood a favour too – share this article and send the women in your life to codepink.org.au to find out more about the campaign.

Together, we can beat cancer.

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Article by Katie Clift

Brisbane born and bred, Katie Clift is Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson at Cancer Council Queensland. Catch her weekly radio show, Live Well, Be Well on 96Five, or downloadable at www.cancerqld.org.au!