June Cavanaugh, a survivor of ovarian cancer, is ready to kickstart the Help Us Girls Survive support group again.
June Cavanaugh, a survivor of ovarian cancer, is ready to kickstart the Help Us Girls Survive support group again. Alistair Brightman

Help Us Girls Survive group for cancer sufferers to restart

GYNAECOLOGICAL cancer encompasses a variety of cancers of the female reproductive tract.

Uterine cancer is the most prevalent form, followed by ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal.

Each day in Australia, 12 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer and four women die from the disease.

Early diagnosis is difficult as symptoms are generally vague and often similar to those experienced during a woman's monthly menstrual cycle.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer three years ago, June Cavanaugh has survived surgery and recently a second round of chemotherapy treatment and said she wanted to help other women to get through the tough times and to allay their fears when they first find out they have gynaecological cancer.

"I'm ready to kickstart the HUGS group again," June said.

"HUGS stands for Help Us Girls Survive and I hope that women who are going through gynaecological cancer can get together to see and talk to people who have been through it.

"We all experience the highs and lows and need to support each other so we know we're not alone."

Everyone has experienced the warm fuzzy feeling from an intimate hug or a group hug. It makes you feel good and can often say things words cannot.

If you are a survivor, or you are going through a tough time and would like to join with June to support other women, phone her on 4124 6190.

You never know - her heartfelt hugs may be just what the doctor ordered.


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