This year for March we have decided to share our very personal support for a new yet uniquely inspiring event. The Sydney Skinny Ocean Swim.
Since 2013 an annual, non-competitive swim raising awareness for brain cancer research, takes place within Sydney Harbour. This unique event has intrepid participants swim without clothing in a safe and supportive environment over two distances.
Facts about Brain Cancer
There are more than 40 major types of brain tumours, which are grouped into two main types:
benign – slow-growing and unlikely to spread. Common types are meningiomas, neuromas, pituitary tumours and craniopharyngiomas.
malignant – cancerous and able to spread into other parts of the brain or spinal cord. Common types include astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, glioblastomas and mixed gliomas.
Brain cancer occurs due to abnormal cells growing within the brain in an uncontrolled way. Brain cancers such as primary brain tumours may begin in the brain with secondary tumours metastasising in other parts of the body.
Two major risk factors for brain cancer is advancing age and in some instances, a family history.
Here are some brain cancer statistics:
1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75.
Brain cancer is more common in men, with 1 in 111 men and 1 in 160 women being diagnosed by the age of 85.
Tellingly, the 5 year survival rate is 22.1 percent.
Want to take a dip with a difference or even fund raise?
Do you or your friends or colleagues want to participate? Dive in and be empowered and invigorated by taking part in the Sydney Skinny Ocean Swim and make a splash raising money for brain cancer research too!
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