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• also af­fect men, ac­count­ing for about 1 per cent of cases. About 110 men are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in Aus­tralia each year. Un­usual or per­sis­tent pain that is not re­lated to the nor­mal monthly cy­cle and oc­curs only in one breast.

• In­creas­ing age is one of the strong­est risk fac­tors for de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer. More than two in three cases of breast can­cer oc­cur in women aged be­tween 40 and 69 years.


• Use a mir­ror to get to know the usual look and shape of your breasts.

• Aus­tralian women di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer have an 89 per cent chance of sur­viv­ing five years af­ter di­ag­no­sis.

• Be­come fa­mil­iar with the feel of your breasts at dif­fer­ent times of the month. You might find this eas­i­est in the shower or bath, ly­ing in bed or get­ting dressed.

• A lump, lumpi­ness or thick­en­ing of the breast.

• A change in shape, crust­ing, a sore or ul­cer, red­ness or in­ver­sion of the nip­ple.

• Feel all the breast tis­sue from the col­lar­bone to be­low the bra line and un­der the armpit.

• Im­prove­ments in sur­vival are at­trib­uted to ear­lier de­tec­tion of breast can­cer through reg­u­lar mam­mo­grams and im­proved treat­ment out­comes for breast can­cer. Dis­charge from the nip­ple that is blood stained, clear or oc­curs with­out squeez­ing.

• Use the pads of your fin­gers to feel near the sur­face and deeper in the breast.

• Changes in the skin of the breast, such as any puck­er­ing or dim­pling of the skin, un­usual red­ness or other colour change.

• On av­er­age, seven women die from breast can­cer ev­ery day in Aus­tralia. Find­ing breast can­cer early in­creases the chance of sur­viv­ing the dis­ease. — Source: All in­for­ma­tion ac­cessed from Na­tional Breast Can­cer Foundation, Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia and Breast­Screen Vic­to­ria.

• Changes in the size or shape of the breast.

Al­though rare, breast can­cer can

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