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Unit turns pink for breast cancer

11 October 2018

Redland Hospital’s Women and Birthing Unit has turned pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in honour of a dearly missed colleague and friend.

Midwives Angie Critchell and Michelle Kiehne after the tragic recent loss of one of Redland Hospital’s own midwives to breast cancer, they thought now was the perfect time to remind ladies of the importance of regular self-examinations, mammograms and education around breast cancer.  

“According to the Cancer Council, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer amongst Australian women with one in eight ladies being diagnosed before the age of 85.

“Based on those statistics, out of the 1808 women who birthed at Redland Hospital in 2017, statistically 226 could develop breast cancer over their lifetime and that’s 11 of our 90 midwives from Redland Hospital that could potentially develop breast cancer.”

Angie and Michelle said on average, 47 women every day were diagnosed with Breast Cancer and confronted with the fight for survival.  

“Australian women have an 89 per cent chance of surviving five years after diagnosis with the high percentage attributed to early detection through regular screening and improved treatment outcomes.

“Money we raised from a morning tea on Monday will go to Pink Ribbon in honour of our midwife Kylie.  

“Hopefully by making women and men aware of the signs of breast cancer we can help prevent further deaths.”

They said it was time for ladies to get to know their breasts and make self-examinations a part of monthly routines with examinations advised several days after a period to avoid swollen and tender breasts.

“These examinations are a great habit to get into but do not replace examinations by a GP or regular mammograms for over 50s.”

Featured: Midwives Angie Critchell and Michelle Kiehne.

Last updated 11 October 2018
Last reviewed 11 October 2018

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