Today, at least 10 Queensland women will be told they have breast or gynaecological cancer, writes Katie Clift from the Queensland Cancer Council.

This month, you can do something about it.

It may be hard to believe, but one in six Queensland women will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer in their lifetime — that’s our girlfriends, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and grandmas. That’s one in six too many.

A few dollars, a few hours of your time and a few simple conversations really can make a difference to help those impacted by breast or gynaecological cancers, and to help others detect cancer early.

So, Queensland, get your pink on with me this October in three simple steps!

1. Get the girls in!

Clear the schedule one night this October, get the girls together, banish the boys and host a Girls’ Night In! Donate what you would have spent on a night out to the Cancer Council, and set the agenda to support the sisters in your life to make better choices for their overall health and wellbeing. Talking about cancer can seriously help beat cancer.

2. Purchase a pop of pink!

Who doesn’t love a pop of pink to liven up the wardrobe? From scarves to t-shirts, lapel pins, bracelets, water bottles, flowers, pens, bears and more – you can pre-order Pink Ribbon Day merchandise at pinkribbon.com.au or find us out and about on the official day, Monday October 27 – you won’t miss our pink army!

3. Get screened!

All of us should be breast aware and know the normal look and feel of our breasts. If you notice any unusual breast changes, see your doctor immediately – and encourage the women in your life to do the same. If you’re aged between 50 and 74, you should be having a free mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Queensland too – only 57 per cent of eligible women are currently getting screened, so make this a priority!

It’s just as important to participate in cervical cancer screening. If every eligible woman had a Pap smear every two years, 90 per cent of cervical cancer cases could be prevented. It might be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it could literally save your life.

All of us can do something this October to support the nearly 4000 Queensland women impacted by women’s cancers each year. Unite in pink – talk pink, buy pink, register to host a Pink Ribbon fundraiser, donate or volunteer on Pink Ribbon Day and support the sisterhood.

Let’s take on women’s cancers together!