Understanding breast health means being aware of the importance of breast health, having confidence in recognising changes in your breasts, knowing the risk factors for breast cancer, and learning how to complete your own regular breast check.
It's important to know how your breasts look and feel, and knowing what is ‘normal’ for you. While nearly three quarters of Australian women believe they are breast aware, only 16 per cent have the appropriate knowledge and skills. The right conversations with family, friends and health professionals will help build a new generation of women and men who have greater awareness about their breasts.
It’s also important to ensure you‘re confident identifying any physical changes in your breasts that may be an indication of breast cancer. Confidence comes with learning your breasts through regular checks and knowing what to look for. Learn more here.
Knowing the risk factors for breast cancer and equally knowing the myths around the causes of the disease. It may help lead to early diagnosis in you or someone you know. Learn more here.
Women should perform a breast check once a month, around the same time as your menstrual cycle, to account for any regular hormonal changes. Self-checking can alert you to changes in your body that should be examined by a medical professional. If breast cancer is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, the survival rates are improved.
Breast screening for men is not recommended. However, if you are concerned about any new or unusual changes in your breast, please speak to your GP. Finding breast cancer early improves the chances that it can be treated successfully.
More information from the National Breast Cancer Foundation:
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