Breast bus a chance to get checked

Breast bus a chance to get checked.

It’s so important to get to know your body and know what’s normal for you.

This article was written by Shannon Beattie and was published in the Pilbara News on 10 October 2018.

Women of the Pilbara are being urged to check their breasts in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Cancer Council’s breast bus will be in Karratha from October 12-25, a service the organisations’s Pilbara regional education officer Anne Johnston wants women to take advantage of.

Ms Johnston said women from regional WA were more likely to delay going to the doctor when experiencing symptoms.

“WA women have a one in 10 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 75 – in 2014, 249 Western Australian women died of breast cancer,” she said.

Despite countless numbers of women knowing someone affected by breast cancer, many are still unsure or unaware of the early symptoms of the disease.

“Being breast-aware and knowing what to look for could help find breast cancer early, which means there are more treatment options and the changes of survival are greatest,” Ms Johnston said.

“Most women who develop breast cancer don’t have family history.

“That’s why it’s so important to get to know your body and know what’s normal for you.”

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Photo credit: BreastScreen WA

Note: The breast bust referred to in this article is a service provided by BreastScreenWA not Cancer Council WA as implied.