Don’t fear, be breast aware

Don’t fear, be breast aware

Don’t self-diagnose, go and see a doctor at the earliest convenience.

This article was written by Phoebe Pin and published in the Kalgoorlie Miner on 17 October 2019.

A Kalgoorlie-Boulder cancer survivor is encouraging local women to be alert to changes in their bodies this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Asha Le Brun was in her mid-30s when she was diagnosed with breast cancer after presenting to her doctor with symptoms.

Ms Le Brun said women should not be afraid to seek medical attention.

“Don’t self-diagnose, go and see a doctor at the earliest convenience,” she said.

“It’s easier for you and for the doctors to help you if you visit the clinic early when you notice an unusual change.

“There is so much help there. Don’t be scared — they’re there to help you.”

Cancer Council WA Goldfields regional education officer Rachel Jolly said women from regional WA often experienced self doubt about breast cancer signs.

“If you’re unsure about a possible symptom, you should make an appointment to discuss the change with your doctor, clinic nurse or Aboriginal health worker as soon as possible, particularly if it’s been four weeks
since you first noticed the change,” she said.

Ms Jolly said women should be conscious of any new persistent pain or discomfort, a change in the shape, size or feel of their breasts, any lumps or thickening either in the breast or under their arm and any skin
changes such as dimpling or redness.

“Being breast aware and knowing what to look for could help find breast cancer early and increase the chance of successful treatment,” she said.

The BreastScreen WA van will be at the Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association from tomorrow until February 5.