Women to act at first sign
It’s easier for you and the doctors to help you if you get checked out as soon as you notice something.
This article was written by Eliza Wynn and published in the Avon Valley and Wheatbelt Advocate on 6 November 2019.
CANCER Council WA has used Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a reminder of two ways to detect breast cancer early.
Cancer Council WA Wheatbelt regional education officer Melissa Pickering recommended all women be breast aware and participate in breast screening when they are eligible.
“Being breast aware and knowing what to look for could help find breast cancer early and increase the chance of successful treatment,” Ms Pickering said.
“It is important that you get to know what your breasts look and feel like, so you know what is normal.”
Ms Pickering said if you notice any changes for more than four weeks see your doctor.
“Breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer among WA women – and the second highest cause of cancer death,” she said.
“WA women have a one in 10 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 75 and in 2017, 268 women died.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare predicts over 19,000 people in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.”
Kalgoorlie resident Asha de Brun was diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
Ms de Brun visited her GP when her right breast became painful and she was feeling fatigued.
When she was diagnosed with breast cancer Ms de Brun undertook a treatment plan including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, physio and hormone therapy.
“It’s easier for you and the doctors to help you if you get checked out as soon as you notice something,” she said.
Ms Pickering said regional women were more likely to delay going to doctor when experiencing symptoms.