In October we aim to raise awareness about breast Cancer. The McGrath Foundation is at the forefront of continuing the fight to find a cure for breast cancer and holds many successful fund raising activities.
Some of these activities include Pink Stumps Day where participants play cricket and fundraise. The High Tea is a fabulous way to show support by dressing up and raising money.
A snapshot about breast cancer
1 in 8 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85
150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year
90% chance of surviving five years from diagnosis
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or abnormal changes in the genes that regulate cell growth. Changes in genes within cells can mean that these cells keep dividing therefore forming a tumour.
Tumours can be benign (not a danger to health) or malignant (can be a danger to health). Benign tumours are close to normal, do not invade other tissue and tend to grow slowly. Malignant tumours if not detected or left without treatment can spread to other areas of the body.
Usually breast cancer either begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple.
Some symptoms include
New lumps of thickening in the breast or under the arm, nipple sores, nipple discharge or turning in, dimpling breast skin, rashes or red swollen breasts
Some other services that the McGrath Foundation offers to support people with Breast Cancer:
Breast Care Nurses provide home free visits to assist families and the person going through breast cancer. These incredible nurses give emotional, physical and psychological support from the time of initial diagnosis all the way through your treatment cycle.
For more information on events and education click on the links below or see your GP if you detect any changes to your breasts. Don’t forget to have a mammogram especially if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Why not check out the Lurve your Curve app so you can personalise your approach to breast awareness?