Party to save a life

You can help save lives by attending a special fundraiser on Saturday.

Toni Rissmann is organising a women’s only breast cancer night to raise money for a new 3D ultra-sound equipment for Breastscreen Toowoomba. Toni knows only too well the importance of the ultra-sound equipment.

“My mother in-law Janine Rissmann passed away in 2010 from breast cancer and the only way that the cancer was detected was through the use of ultra sound. If it was more readily available then her cancer could have been detected earlier which would have given her a greater chance to beat it. This is one of the reasons that I am keen to raise money for ultra sound equipment in a regional hospital.”

Guest speaker is cancer survivor Juila Telford. Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2017 after a series of tests for an unrelated problem. Julia will be speaking about her 12-month cancer journey.”

A group artwork will be created on the night and put up for auction. Two local artists will be helping the group create the artwork, Tamara Quinnell and Ebony Raymond. The event is on Saturday, November 10 at the Sundial Event cenre, Goondiwindi. It begins at 6pm, women only, $35 per person, RSVPs are needed for catering purposes.

A special night out. Julia Telford and Toni Rissmann.

A special night out. Julia Telford and Toni Rissmann.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia (apart from non-melanoma skin cancer) and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer. Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast lobules or ducts. These cells grow uncontrollably and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, although it is uncommon in men.

In Australia, the overall five year survival rate for breast cancer in females is 90%. In 2014, 16,614 women and 140 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women and 1 in 721 for men. In 2016, 2976 women and 28 men died of breast cancer in Australia. The five year survival rate is 91%.