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Understanding Breast Cancer in Australian Women

Understanding Breast Cancer in Australian Women
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women, with thousands diagnosed each year. While these statistics can seem alarming, increased awareness, early detection, and advancements in treatment have significantly improved outcomes.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer begins when cells in the breast grow uncontrollably, forming a tumour. These tumours can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Malignant tumours can spread to other parts of the body if not treated promptly.

Risk Factors

Several factors can increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, including:

Age: The risk increases as women get older.
Family History: A family history of breast cancer can elevate risk.
Genetic Mutations: Inherited mutations in genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
Lifestyle Factors: Alcohol consumption, obesity, and lack of physical activity.

Symptoms to Watch For

Early detection is crucial. Women should be aware of the following symptoms:

  • A lump or thickening in the breast or underarm
  • Change in the size, shape, or appearance of the breast
  • Unexplained pain in the breast or nipple
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk

Importance of Screening

Regular mammograms are essential for early detection. Women aged 50-74 are encouraged to have a mammogram every two years, but those with higher risk factors may need to start earlier and have more frequent screenings.

Treatment Options

Treatment for breast cancer can vary depending on the stage and type of cancer. Common treatments include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and targeted therapy. Early-stage cancers are often treated successfully with a combination of these methods.

Support and Resources

Facing breast cancer can be overwhelming, but numerous resources are available to support women through their journey. Organizations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Cancer Council Australia offer information, support groups, and helplines.

Breast cancer remains a significant health issue for Australian women, but with awareness, regular screening, and advances in treatment, the prognosis continues to improve. Staying informed and proactive about breast health can make a vital difference.

If you are interested in assessing your risk of developing breast cancer, visit iPrevent - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and complete their short survey.  Developed by researchers at Breast Cancer Trials (BCT), iPrevent utilizes data from international clinical trials.

For more up to date information and support, visit [National Breast Cancer Foundation]( and [Cancer Council Australia](


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