Breast Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells, which, in the breast, starts in the milk ducts. It may grow into surrounding tissues and spread ultimately to other organs of the body. Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in Australian women, however many more women die of heart disease and stroke in Australia than they do of breast cancer. Those most at risk of developing cancer are: all women over the age of 50, women who have had a previous breast cancer, women with a family history (mother, daughter or sister) of breast cancer.
Early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. It is important to know your breasts so you can tell which changes are normal to you. All women should check their breasts by breast self-examination each month. All women over 50 with no breast symptoms should have a mammogram screening every two years. Women at increased risk are usually advised to have an annual check up, often from 40 years of age. All women over 35 should have an annual breast examination by a doctor. It is important to remember that nine out of 10 breast lumps are not cancer. (Jean Hailes Foundation)
Breast cancer does not just affect women although it is very rare in men, accounting for less than 1% of all breast cancers.
Jean Hailes Organisation
The Cancer Council Australia
Strand Natural Therapies