October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month

55 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. That's nearly 20,000 Australians this year. We fund research to change the outcomes for all those diagnosed. The National Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is more important than ever: Zero Deaths from breast cancer by 2030.


Early detection can boost your chances of surviving breast cancer. Many women have no signs or symptoms. However, some women do and there are things you can look out for.


Being 'breast aware' means becoming familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts and reporting any unusual breast changes to your doctor as soon as possible.


For more information about self examination and being breast aware, you can visit the Breast Cancer Network Australia.


There is also a ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer, by exercising regularly, a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, reducing or ideally ceasing drinking alcohol and ceasing smoking. You can read more about reducing your risk factors here.


Women aged 40 and over are entitled to a free mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Australia, the national breast screening program. 


On October 7,  Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) and some of the country’s top breast cancer experts are hosting a virtual Q&A to discuss the latest breast cancer research, the myths surrounding breast cancer, the likelihood of breast cancer recurrence and the psychological impact of breast cancer.


To register for this free webinar available to the public click here.


55 Australians are diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Australia every day