Still bat­tling

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

IT IS hard to miss the fact that Oc­to­ber is breast can­cer aware­ness month. There is pink ev­ery­where and there are many sto­ries of sur­vival.

Yet of­ten for­got­ten dur­ing Oc­to­ber are the thou­sands of Aus­tralian women liv­ing with in­cur­able breast can­cer. I am one of those women.

Sec­ondary breast can­cer, also known as ad­vanced, metastatic or stage 4 breast can­cer, is when the can­cer has spread from the orig­i­nal site in the breast to other parts of the body such as the bones, lungs, or liver. Sec­ondary breast can­cer is cur­rently in­cur­able although it can be treated and man­aged, some­times for many years.

This year, breast can­cer net­work Aus­tralia ( BCNA) is ac­knowl­edg­ing sec­ondary breast can­cer aware­ness day for the first time in Aus­tralia on Mon­day.

If you, or some­one you love, has re­cently been di­ag­nosed with sec­ondary breast can­cer, please visit BCNA’s web­site www.bcna.org.au for support. Lyn Grimes,

Gayn­dah

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