Leave a message on a silhouette to support people affected by breast cancer

Former Westmead BCI breast cancer nurse Helen Dower.  Photo supplied.

Dozens of pink lady silhouettes will be planted at Westmead Hospital on Thursday 3 October as the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) hosts its annual ‘Mini-Field of Women’ awareness event.

Survivors, family, friends and Westmead Hospital staff are invited to leave a personal message on one of the dozens of pink ladies or blue male silhouettes to symbolise the women and men affected by breast cancer each year.

Westmead BCI director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan said one in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

“It’s important for women aged 50-74 to have a mammogram every two years,” Nirmala said.

“Having a mammogram can be uncomfortable for a short period of time for some women, but these few seconds could be life-changing.”

A GP referral is not required to make a free booking for a mammogram with BreastScreen NSW – call 13 20 50 to make an appointment.

The silhouettes will be on display on level 1 of the courtyard near the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre from 10.30am to 12pm and a morning tea will be provided.

For further information, call 8890 9682 or email bci-supportservicesinfo@health.nsw.gov.au