October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s almost over. By the time we hit 40 (as readers of this post most likely are), it is highly likely we know someone who is currently, or has been, affected by Breast Cancer in Australia.
According to Cancer Australia, it is estimated that there will be 17,730 new cases of Breast Cancer being diagnosed in 2017, and it is increasing on a per 100,000 population basis. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women, representing 13% of all cancers diagnosed, and your risk increases with age. 44 women each day are diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The most common age group diagnosed, according to Breast Cancer Network Australia is between 50 and 69 years of age, however it can be diagnosed in women significantly older and younger, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms and have regular checks.
What are the symptoms of Breast Cancer? Some people have no symptoms at all, and the cancer is picked up during a mammogram, and others have a range of symptoms. Typical symptoms could include:
- New lumps or a thickening in your breast or under your arm
- Nipple Sores
- Nipple discharge or turning in
- Skin of your breast dimpling
- Rash or red swollen breasts
If you have any of these symptoms, please see your doctor immediately.
This is an excerpt from a previously published post, but we thought it is such an important topic, we would publish a small section again. To read the full article, click here.