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salon’s pink plea for cancer survivors A Melton hair salon is going pink to support clients who have experienced breast cancer. Kristy, Amanda, Hayleigh and Joy, of H’s Place Hair Studio, have decked out the salon in pink and are offering special hair treatments to raise money for the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) during October. They hope to raise $3000. “We’ve had about six clients in the past six months who have been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Hayleigh said. ‘‘Some have had their breasts removed, some haven’t needed to do that, and others haven’t been as fortunate.” Residents can donate to the cause or get some pink hair foils, with proceeds going straight to BCNA. The salon is also holding raffles, with a range of health and beauty prizes on offer. \ SZ

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“The figures don’t surprise me,” he said. “I think we need something like the immunisations register; you need a way of encouraging doctors to chase up women who haven’t had them.” The report showed chlamydia cases in Melton increased by 59.6 per cent in the three years to 2011, to 284. Latest Health Department figures show there were 339 recorded cases of chlamydia in Melton in the 12 months to October. Women’s Health West chief executive Robyn Gregory said a lot of work needed to be done to improve health outcomes. “Melbourne’s west is lagging behind the rest of the state on a range of sexual and reproductive health indicators,” she said. “Sexually active young people are less

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Women are advised to have the test, which detects changes to the cervix before cervical More than 30,000 Melton women are cancer develops, every two years. putting their health at serious risk, A Taylors Hill resident, 26, who did with the municipality identified as not want to be named, visited a clinic having one of the lowest pap test “the figures last week for her first pap test in rates in the western suburbs. three years. She said a friend’s health don’t Releasing a four-year plan to issues prompted her to get tested. surprise me” improve sexual and reproductive “I always put off having a pap health last week, Women’s Health smear because it’s an uncomfortable West said latest figures showed only experience,’’ she said. “But recently 51.6 per cent of Melton women aged 20-69 a friend of mine, who is only 25, got had a pap test in the three years to 2011. pre-cancerous cells lasered off and she had no The plan is aimed at key population groups symptoms, so that pushed me to get checked.” that commonly experience poor health. Westcare Medical Centre general Melton women aged 20-24 fared worst, practitioner Graham Jacobs said he had some with only 36.2 per cent having had a pap test patients older than 50 who had never had a from 2009-11. pap test. HEALTH

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