October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting Australian women and the best chance of survival relies early detection. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we would like to take this opportunity to remind our female patients to be ‘breast aware’.

What does being ‘breast aware’ mean?

Breast awareness involves looking for changes in your breasts and making an appointment with your doctor if you notice anything out of the ordinary. According to statistics, nine out of ten breast changes aren’t due to cancer, but it’s still vital to see your GP without delay for a check, especially if the change relates to one breast.

How to be breast aware:

Being breast aware means to regularly LOOK, FEEL and LEARN.

Look: Is there a change in the shape, size or appearance of your breast or nipples? Is there any redness or dimpling in the skin? Is there discharge from a nipple?

Feel: Are there any new lumps or lumpiness? Is there an unusual pain that doesn’t go away?

Learn: Know what is ‘normal’ for your breasts. Know what they look and feel like. Then you are more likely to notice any changes.

GP Breast Checks:

Some women feel more comfortable having a female doctor do their breast check. If you need to make an appointment with a GP, we have a range of female doctors of all ages who are experienced in breast checks.

For further information:

http://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/campaigns-events/breast-cancer-awareness-month

http://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/OurMission/BreastAwareness.aspx