Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Mothers Day walk raises awareness of breast cancer

    11/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    More than 1,000 people walked, jogged and ran around Lake Monger today to raise money for breast cancer research.

     

    Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the Mothers Day Classic was held each year to further awareness and help find a cure for a disease that affected one in eight Australian women.

     

    “This Mothers Day Classic has been held nationally since 1998 and has raised more than $3.2million for research,” Ms Ellery said.

     

    “This is the second year the event has been held in Perth and I am very pleased that so many people who have been touched by breast cancer participated today in support of this very worthwhile cause.

     

    “More women are affected by breast cancer than any other type of cancer.

     

    “By the age of 85, about 12 per cent of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and, even though older women are more at risk, it can affect women of any age.

     

    “One in 20 women in Western Australia under the age of 40 is diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and even a small number of men fall prey.”

     

    The Minister said an increase in breast cancer survival rates during the past 20 years showed that research was helping victims of the disease live longer.

     

    “More than 96 per cent of women with breast cancer will live at least one year after diagnosis, and almost 87 per cent will live for another five years or more - a 15 per cent increase in the survival rate since the 1980s,” Ms Ellery said.

     

    “Survival rates are improving due to better detection and improved treatments which are the result of excellent research.  That’s why these events are so important.”

     

    The Mothers Day Classic is organised by Women in Super, a national network of women working in the superannuation industry.  Proceeds from the event are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

     

    Women in Super spokesperson Mavis Robertson said money raised at the Mothers Day Classic made up the largest single donation given to the National Breast Cancer Foundation every year.

     

    Ms Ellery said the Carpenter Government was committed to the health and wellbeing of women in WA and had recently funded a new BreastScreen WA clinic in Padbury, which would screen an extra 7,000 women each year.

     

    Since March 1989, more than one million mammograms had been performed at a BreastScreen WA service and more than 5,500 breast cancers had been detected.

     

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