October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year it is more important than ever to encourage our community to keep up with their self checks and mammograms.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.
It is SO important to CHECK yourself on a regular basis as finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease. Remember you don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts.
The team at Medical on Miami have given us their tips on changes to look for:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
- a change in the size or shape of your breast
- a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
- a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
- a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
- an unusual pain that doesn’t go away
If you are aged 50-75, get your free breast screen done every two years. Women aged 40-49 and 75 years and older who have no breast cancer symptoms or signs are also eligible for free screening mammograms.
Book in with your GP if you have any questions at all, with early detection we can help with better outcomes.
For more details contact BreastScreen on 13 20 50 or visit cancerscreening.gov.au.
Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.