A CLOUD has been cast over yesterday's Pink Ribbon Day after 95 pink ladies - silhouettes of women used to raise awareness about breast cancer - were stolen from the North Coast National Show at the weekend.
The silhouettes, known as the field of women, were part of a display set up outside the sustainable living pavilion by the Lismore and District Breast Cancer Support Group to raise awareness about the disease as part of breast cancer awareness month.
Sometime between 8pm on Friday night and Saturday morning almost all of the pink ladies disappeared.
Breast cancer survivor and support group co-ordinator Julie Radford said whoever took the silhouettes must have known they were linked to a promotion for breast cancer awareness as there was an 8m wide banner hanging above them.
"How are people so disrespectful and uncaring to just take them," she said.
"I don't know what on earth they would have done with them.
"I can't imagine what was in their heads."
The silhouettes stand about 30cm high on a metal spike and were on loan from the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
They are used to raise awareness about the high number of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Pink Ribbon Day is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during which events are held across the country to raise awareness and money about the disease which affects one in every nine Australian women before the age of 85.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women and accounts for almost one third of all cancers diagnosed.
More than 12,000 Australian women are diagnosed with the disease each year.
The risk of breast cancer increases with age.
About 24% of new breast cancer cases are in women younger than 50 years; 51% in women aged 50-69; and 25 per cent in women aged 70 and over.
The silhouettes can be returned to the front desk at The Northern Star, no questions asked or their whereabouts can be reported to the breast cancer support group on 6628 5663.
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