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  • A healthy night in, for a healthy future

    15 October 2012

    Around 1,500 South Australian women - grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and friends - are diagnosed with breast and gynaecological cancers each year. For every one of these women, Cancer Council SA wants a Girls' Night In host to show their support this October.

    Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In is a fantastic chance to catch up with the girls, have fun and raise funds for all women's cancers. Getting involved is easy. Simply get the girls together for a fun night in during October and ask them to donate what they would usually spend on a night out to Cancer Council SA.

    Tahlia Illkiw, Interior Decorator from Gilberton, is one of the many women who will be staying in to support the cause. She is hosting her first Girls’ Night In to honour her heroic grandmother, who was recently diagnosed with bowel cancer for the second time in 30 years.

    “I think a lot of us take our health for granted until something bad happens. Seeing my grandma go through the distressing process of surgery and chemotherapy has really opened up my eyes to how precious life is. You only get one body, so it’s important to treat it well,” says Tahlia.

    A healthy lifestyle has become extremely important to Tahlia and her girlfriends, who know that making simple lifestyle changes can significantly lower their risk of developing some cancers.

    “We know that up to 50 per cent of cancers can be prevented through making healthier lifestyle choices and maintaining good health,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.

    “To reduce your risk of cancer, Cancer Council SA recommends to not smoke, limit or avoid alcohol, be SunSmart, have regular checkups and cancer screening tests, maintain a healthy body weight and exercise for at least 30 to 60 minutes every day.”

    This year, instead of hitting the town with the girls, Tahlia is hosting a healthy Girls Night In to celebrate her 26th birthday. Rather than bringing presents, her friends are donating to Cancer Council SA.

    “As I approach my next birthday, I’m beginning to focus much more on my health, especially after my grandma’s diagnosis. With cancer being so prevalent, it’s reassuring to know that by simply eating right and exercising, we can help cut our own risk of developing this awful disease,” says Tahlia.

    “It’s going to be a really fun night! We’ll be relaxing at home in our favourite pyjamas, watching movies and eating yummy, healthy snacks.”

    So why not invite your girlfriends to get together for a healthy Girls’ Night In? Not only will you be making a difference for women with cancer, but you’ll also be helping to reduce your own risk of cancer through healthier lifestyle choices.

    Check out www.girlsnightin.com.au for more details.

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