Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

 

The past year and a half has challenged all areas of healthcare, including breast cancer prevention. Although we saw setbacks in screenings and early detection, we can keep working to reduce illness and deaths from breast cancer. We can do this through promoting breast awareness.

The aim of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to shine a light on the devastating impact breast cancer has on thousands of Australians each day.

  • Over 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed with the disease this year alone.
  • That equates to 55 Australians every day.
  • And over 3000 Australians will lose their lives to breast cancer this year.

BreastScreen Australia is the national breast cancer screening program, that works to detect this cancer in the early stages and reduce this illness and death. BreastScreen invites women aged 50 to 74 for a free mammogram every two years. Age is the biggest risk factor in developing breast cancer, with most breast cancers occurring in women over 50 years. However, breast awareness is important at all ages.

Healthcare providers are key to increasing women's confidence in breast screening by helping them to understand:

  • the benefits and limitations of screening mammograms
  • the need for regular screening every 2 years
  • breast cancer symptoms
  • treatment options

Some BreastScreen services across NSW are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer clients to the BreastScreen NSW website for the most up to date information about the service. Please encourage your patients to make an appointment if they find any lumps or notice any changes in their breasts.

https://www.breastscreen.nsw.gov.au/

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

https://nbcf.org.au/fundraise/breast-cancer-awareness-month/