One in eight Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and in January, Katandra’s Donna McNab was one such woman.
After coming to terms with her diagnosis, the following months were filled with appointments and treatments as she underwent radiation therapy to treat the cancer.
Describing herself as one of the ‘‘lucky ones’’, Mrs McNab said she was now in remission but was still keenly focused on continuing to raise awareness.
Therefore, when it came time to wrap their silage, she and her husband Stuart decided to take the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer by wrapping their bales in pink silage wrap.
They purchased dozens of rolls of the pink silage wrap for use on their 140ha Katandra dairy farm that milks 250 cows, and said they were happy they had been able to lend a helping hand, even in a small way.
‘‘Hopefully people will just stop and have a think about it as they’re passing down the road,’’ Mrs McNab said.
‘‘Just being aware and early detection is key. I was one of those lucky ones that caught it early and I just hope it gets other people to think about it.’’
The couple said that after a number of positive experiences with dedicated staff throughout Mrs McNab’s treatment, the staff also deserved recognition.
‘‘We just wanted to raise awareness to the fight and all the terrific staff that help everyone fighting out there,’’ Mr McNab said.
Money raised from the sale of pink silage wrap will go towards helping the McGrath Foundation employ more breast care nurses who support patients and their families physically, psychologically and emotionally through breast cancer treatment.
This month marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to increase support for the more than 15000 women and 140 men who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
■Local breast screening services are available through Goulburn Valley Imaging Group, with imaging centres in a number of locations including Shepparton, Cobram, Rochester and Kyabram.
If you are aged between 50 and 74 and do not currently have breast cancer symptoms, you can contact Breast Screen Victoria to schedule a free screening mammogram.
Phone BreastScreen Victoria on 132 050 or visit www.breastscreen.org.au/onlinebookings to make an appointment.
If you have any potential symptoms such as lumps, nipple discharge or skin changes, visit your GP for a referral.