Story Bridge to Light Up Purple for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month

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On Wednesday, September 6, Kangaroo Point and the rest of Brisbane will see the Story Bridge light up purple to mark Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.

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The special lighting display on the Story Bridge aims to raise awareness about gynaecological cancers, which affect over 6,700 Australian women and girls each year. 

Knowing the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers can save lives. That’s why Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and funding research, is urging all women to learn about the most common red flags. 

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“We need to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers so that women can get screened and diagnosed early,” says Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation Founder, Professor Andreas Obermair. “If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please see your doctor.”

  • abnormal or persistent vaginal bleeding – for example, bleeding after menopause, bleeding that is not part of menstrual periods, or bleeding after sex
  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain, pressure or discomfort in the abdomen
  • weight loss
  • swelling of the abdomen
  • change in bowel or bladder habits
  • pain during sex
  • itching, burning or soreness in the pelvic region
  • lumps, sores or wart-like growths

Since its founding in 2012, Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation has raised over $2 million to support critical research into gynaecological cancers. 

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This September, which marks Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month, the nonprofit will hold its annual Cherish Challenge fundraiser. A team of dedicated individuals will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money and awareness around these cancers that impact thousands of Australian women each year. 

“We are proud to support the research community in their efforts to find new and improved treatments for gynaecological cancers,” said Professor Obermair. “We believe that by working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of women affected by these cancers.”

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Published 1-September-2023