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BREAST cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, with one in eight expected to develop the condition in their lifetime.
In 2012, about 15,000 women were expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. Every day, on average, seven women die from breast cancer in Australia. One of the biggest risk factors is age, with more than two-thirds of cases in women aged 40–69.
Men are also at risk of breast cancer but only constitute 1% of all diagnosed.
Breast cancer develops when cells in the breast grow abnormally and multiply; these cells can spread to other areas of the body.
Symptoms of breast cancer include lumpiness or thickening of the breast, change in the shape of the nipple; any discharge from the nipple (bloodstained or clear) that occurs without squeezing, changes in the skin, size or shape of the breast, and unusual, persistent pain not associated with the monthly cycle and only occurring in one breast.
For more information nbcf.org.au or speak to your GP.
EACH year, about 3300 Australian men die of prostate cancer, equal to the number of women who die from breast cancer. About 20,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. One in 11 men in Australia will develop prostate cancer by the age of 70, with the risk increasing after the age of 50 but younger men with a family history are also at high risk.
The prostate is an organ forming part of the male reproductive system and is located immediately below the bladder and just in front of the bowel. Prostate cancer occurs when some cells in the prostate reproduce more quickly than normal, causing a tumour. The cancer can spread to other parts of the body and once escaped from the prostate, treatment is possible but a cure becomes impossible.
Symptoms include waking frequently at night to urinate, sudden or urgent need to urinate, difficulty in starting to urinate and slow flow and difficulty stopping.
For more information prostate.org.au or speak to your GP.