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DID YOU KNOW?
• 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.
TIPS FOR CHECKING BREASTS EARLY DETECTION — SIGNS TO LOOK FOR
• 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