October is time to focus on breast cancer awareness. This cancer is the most prevalent and is the most common cancer affecting Australian women. 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed survive 5 or more years past the time of diagnosis.
Surviving breast cancer relies on early detection and this is where checking for lumps on a regular basis can improve chances of detection and treatment.
What do you need to look for?
Lumps that you suddenly feel even in one breast
Any change in size of your breast
Ulcers or crusting to a nipple
Any changes in the breast skin
Pain that is out of the ordinary and continues
How can you manage your risk?
Exercise can reduce risk so aiming for 30 minutes per day is a good start to manage risk
Maintaining a healthy weight range can reduce breast cancer
Alcohol consumption can increase your risk. One standard drink per day is a limit for daily consumption
Genetic factors and family history needs to be taken into consideration as well as taking part in breast screening that is free if you are aged 50-74.
If you are unsure about your risk speak to a GP for a referral to a breast clinic so that testing can be done and your risk assessment can be carried out.
For more details contact BreastScreen on 13 20 50 or click on the link below.