BreastScreen WA will celebrate 10 years of involvement in the Mother’s Day Classic, this Sunday May 12.
The annual event includes a 4km and 8km walk/run around the Supreme Court Gardens in Perth to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
Since 2009, BreastScreen WA has hosted a marquee to educate and remind women that ‘screening mammograms and early detection provide the best chance of breast cancer survival.’
BreastScreen WA’s program officer Coby Pearson said it was important that women incorporated a breast screening into their health check-ups every two years.
“A mammogram can detect 70 to 90 per cent of breast cancers, even those as small as a grain of rice, before it can be felt, it and is the only proven means of detecting breast cancer at such an early stage,” she said.
“Unfortunately, breast cancer cannot be prevented, but the earlier a breast cancer is detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. Reminding people of what’s available to them might just save someone’s life. It’s essential we keep sharing our message which advocates for early detection.”
The event raises funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation which is committed to ongoing research and development of technology to aid early detection.
Mother’s Day Classic fundraiser Sarah Gladman saw first-hand the impact of fundraising, when she watched her mother battle breast cancer for 10 years.
“It’s so very, very important that we continue to raise funds that allow for continued research and developments,” she said.
“I’ve seen so much change from when Mum was first diagnosed.”
“If Mum had been diagnosed now, her treatment plan would have included chemotherapy and radiation, that wasn’t the case when she was first diagnosed in 1996.”
You can register online for the ‘Mother’s Day Classic’ today at http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/register/