It's OCTOBER, Australia's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month we focus on breast cancer awareness, prevention & cure.
At Labrador Park Medical, we have three lovely female doctors who can perform general health checks, cervical health check up, and other related breast care and concerns.
According to CANCER AUSTRALIA, important things to be aware of:
It’s important for women of all ages to know what they can do to help find breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and the chances of survival are greatest.
Breast changes to look out for include:
a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast
a change in the size or shape of the 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 the breast such as redness or dimpling
an unusual pain that doesn't go away.
If you are aged 50-74, get your free breast screen done every two years. Breast Screen Australia offers free breast screening for women without symptoms aged 50-74, when screening has the greatest potential to prevent deaths from breast cancer.
Women aged 40-49 and 75 years and older who have no breast cancer symptoms or signs are also eligible for free screening mammograms.
Reducing Risk Factors
While some of the most important of these risk factors, such as being a woman, getting older or having a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer and genetic factors, cannot be changed, you can still aim to reduce risk of breast cancer through making healthy lifestyle choices and other risk-reducing strategies.