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Dubbo panel to discuss breast cancer

Head of Campus Dubbo CSU Cathy Maginnis, McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Vanessa Hyland, Breast Care Advocate Donna Falconer and McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Margie Collins, pictured at the Dubbo CSU Campus. Photo: Dubbo Photo News Head of Campus Dubbo CSU Cathy Maginnis, McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Vanessa Hyland, Breast Care Advocate Donna Falconer and McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Margie Collins, pictured at the Dubbo CSU Campus. Photo: Dubbo Photo News

‘BREAST CANCER UNCOVERED’ is the topic of the next Explorations Series free public lecture at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Dubbo, to be held today (Thursday, May 24).

Head of Campus at CSU in Dubbo, Cathy Maginnis, said the Explorations Series is part of the university’s community engagement program, which brings diverse speakers to share ideas, thoughts and opinions on topical issues.

“The Explorations Series public lectures aim to engage our rural and regional communities in discussion and debate about major issues facing our regions, the nation and the world,” Cathy said.

“The focus of this public lecture is breast cancer, an insidious disease that has affected and continues to affect many people in rural communities. Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate between gender or age.

“We have invited four well-known community members to form a panel to discuss their personal experiences with breast cancer and the journeys they have undertaken to enhance breast cancer support services throughout the region,” Cathy said.

The speakers are Donna Falconer, author of “My Time” and founder of the Pink Angels and Groovy Booby Bus; Graeme Board, OAM; and the Dubbo-based McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses, Vanessa Hyland and Margie Collins.

Each panel member will deliver a brief presentation and answer questions from the audience, followed by a light supper.

“We want to raise awareness of breast cancer and the supports out there, specifically who we are and what we do,” Margie said.

“One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85,” Margie added. “It is good that women are more open about it now.

“We have so many people that come into Dubbo for healthcare,” said Cathy. “I think that is so important that we educate them about what is on offer. CSU isn’t just for Dubbo, it is about engaging our whole community.

“It is hard to demonstrate exactly what we do in a day, so we have made a humorous DVD,” said Margie.

“You want to have a bit of fun while you are dealing with all of the scary things,” added Cathy.

Donna said that it is important to “know all of the services out there”.

“Out of your experience came so many wonderful things – it’s made us the envy of Breast Care Nurses, shall we say, worldwide,” Margie directed to Donna.

“People forget that men deal with breast cancer too,” said Cathy, referring to the inclusion of guest speaker Graeme Board in the event.

“150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year,” added Donna.

This free CSU Explorations Series public lecture will be at 6pm today (Thursday, May 24) in room 202, building 902, at Charles Sturt University, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo.

Register your intension to attend online via http://news.csu.edu and search under ‘events’.