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01-10-2015

The most common cancer among Australian women (except non-melanoma skin cancer) is breast cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, seven women die every day from breast cancer in Australia. .  The month of October provides an opportunity to improve breast awareness and share the information with friends, family and work colleagues. Survival rates continue to improve, with 89 out of 100 women diagnosed with invasive cancer now surviving five or more years from diagnosis.

Be breast aware : the best chance of survival is provided by early diagnosis, changes to look for include:

  • A change in the size or shape of your breast
  • A new lump or lumpiness, especially if it is in one breast only
  • A change in the nipple, such as crusting, bleeding, ulcerating or inversion
  • A nipple discharge occurring without squeezing
  • A change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
  • An unusual pain that continues

Most changes will not be due to cancer, but it is important to check with your GP if you do notice any of these changes

For more information about events, support, up to date information, treatment and care appropriate to needs look to the Breast Cancer Network Australia at bcna.org.au

or canceraustralia.gov.au or the National Breast Cancer Foundation nbcf.org.au

Hold a pink ribbon breakfast to raise money for breast cancer research. Head to bit.ly/pinkribbonbreakfast2015 to sign up.#pinkribbonbreakfast

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