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Gynaecological Cancer Group
SHE's mission is to provide support to Tasmanians and their families who have been diagnosed with gynaecological cancers.
Gynaecological cancers include cancer of the vulva, vagina, cervix, endometrium, uterus, ovaries and placenta.
The most recent data from Cancer Australia shows that gynaecological cancers represent 9.3% of cancers diagnosed in people with female reproductive organs. The most common gynaecological cancer is uterine cancer.
While the survival rate for all gynaecological cancers is around 71%, some gynaecological cancers such as ovarian cancer have a survival rate of only 48%. Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer death among people with female reproductive organs.
Further statistical information about gynaecological cancers can be found on the Cancer Australia website : https://www.canceraustralia.gov.au/cancer-types/gynaecological-cancers/statistics
What's happening at SHE HQ?
We've been busy little elves over the festive season break, continuing to work on progressing the Wellness Centre, as well as revamping our Care Packs and preparing a number of events for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month - see below for more details on how you can get involved.
Our Favourite People
We would also like to acknowledge the incredible support we have received from the community and our amazing partners. Every little bit counts towards a better future for gynaecological cancer patients in Tasmania!
S.H.E. gynaecological cancer group has partnered with Brooke St Pier, Mona Roma ferries and Derwent Ferries in a bold campaign to raise awareness of cancers of the female reproductive organs.
Banners and flyers will be put up in Brooke St Pier from today (17 February), and the Mona Roma ferries will carry eye-catching coasters from early next week. Employees on the Mona Roma and Derwent ferries will also wear caps to raise awareness.
Every year, approximately 1800 Australians with female reproductive organs are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The chance of surviving at least 5 years after being diagnosed is 49%, compared to 92% for breast cancer.
The signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer are often overlooked or mistaken for other common conditions. Here at S.H.E. Gynaecological Cancer Group, we’d like you to help us change this.
We'll be running a number of awareness-raising activities during February to coincide with events happening around Australia. Keep an eye out for more details.
Tassie goes Teal - a S.H.E. initiative for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Tassie goes Teal is a S.H.E. initiative, in partnership with the Tasmania Jack Jumpers, for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. We hope that by shining a light across Tasmania, we can help raise awareness, prompting family and friends to seek medical advice, leading to early diagnosis and treatment, and ultimately saving lives.
If you’d like to get involved, light up your home or premises in teal for all of February. Be sure to send us a pic at email@example.com or tag us on social media so we can give you a huge thank you!
Significant step forward for Wellness Centre
We're pleased to see the Tasmanian Government, Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and University of Tasmania join us in a partnership to progress our vision for a Wellness Centre in Tasmania.
In a first for the state, the Wellness Centre will deliver world-leading cancer treatment and best practice recovery support.
Read the media release from Premier Jeremy Rockliff. (Link to: https://www.premier.tas.gov.