October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a reminder for all women that early detection of breast cancer is the best chance of survival.
To mark this important month of awareness, Metropolis a specialist marketing consultancy for the property industry, held a morning tea at their office in Sydney to raise much needed funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation is Australia’s leading national body, funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.
The event was hosted by Mei-ling Billing, managing director of Metropolis, who is also a breast cancer survivor. Together with her close friend and colleague, Group M chief investment officer, Nicola Lewis also a breast cancer survivor, the two women addressed the assembled group of 40-plus women and men.
United in their journey of survival Billing and Lewis answered questions from the women and gave them an insight into just how vitally important it is to be aware and to be checked.
Breast cancer is currently the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia with one in seven women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – that’s 53 Australians diagnosed every day.
Billing said: “Because of research, breast cancer survival rates are the highest they’ve ever been, thanks in part to the hard work of the NBCF. Since its inception in 1994 the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has improved from 76 per cent to 91 per cent.
“A woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer is now one in 43. And whilst eight Australian’s die every day from breast cancer, many are surviving due to new treatment options and more personalised treatment plans. Including myself. I am so thrilled to be here today, alive and well to share my own story.”
The morning event raised $5,061.00 thanks to the support of Metropolis’ partners who donated gifts for the lucky door prize and sale of raffle tickets. These included Google, REA, Domain, JRM Hospitality, Val Morgan, Jets Swimwear, LoveShack and Zilzie Wines.