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Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | November 30th, 2009

The Canadian Cancer Society has launched a Girls Night In campaign to support research for cancers that affect women.

The campaign officially launched on July 14 of this year as a new fundraising initiative that not only supports a fantastic cause, but is also fun and flexible enough to fit into any woman's schedule.

“The concept of Girls Night In is simple…Girls Night raises money by asking women to host any kind of get-together with their girlfriends and asks their guests to donate the amount they would have spent for a night out on dinner, movie tickets or taxis to the Canadian Cancer Society,” explained Krista Kankula, Fundraising Coordinator for the The Canadian Cancer Society.

In 2009, an estimated 12,050 women in Ontario will be diagnosed with breast, uterine, ovarian and cervical cancers, mentioned Kankula.

The initiaive of the campaign is to reduce those numbers by leading edge research and fundraisers such as this one.

According to the The Canadian Cancer Society, approximately 62 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer will have a much better chance at survival compared to previous years.

“Thanks to the Society-funded research, the treatment and the quality of life during treatment has dramatically improved in the past 20 years,” said Kankula.

Women have a much better chance at surviving, shown by the following stats provided by the The Canadian Cancer Society:

- The five year survival rate for Ontario women diagnosed and treated for breast cancer is now 87 per cent.

- Since 1977, the mortality rate from cervical cancer in Canada has dropped by about 60 per cent and the incidence by about 50 per cent due to the introduction of PAP tests.

- The five-year relative survival rate for women with uterine cancer in Canada is now 86 per cent.

Given that girls' nights in is a popular past-time for most women, this campaign is the perfect way to give back and have a good time with friends.

Meliha Odzackic, a hairstylist and make-up artist in the greater Toronto area is a fan of girls' nights in and would love to incorporate hers into the campaign.

“In times such as these I think the idea of having a girls night in makes perfect sense…and I would love to get involved,” she said.

Through the generous support of donors and volunteers, the The Canadian Cancer Society is able to fund leading edge research that is finding new methods of early detection and advances in treatment that will ultimately improve living conditions of those diagnosed with the traumatic disease.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community based organization of volunteers whose mission are the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life for people living with cancer.

For more information please visit or call the toll free bilingual cancer information line at 1-888-939-3333
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