Health | October 05, 2015
October is breast cancer awareness month
Emma Kealy, Nationals Member for Lowan is encouraging women in the Lowan electorate to have regular mammograms as part of Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October.
“Breast Cancer Awareness month provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community,” Ms Kealy said.
“Women over 50 years of age are at higher risk of breast cancer with 75 per cent of women diagnosed with cancer over the age of 50. Treatment is likely to be most successful with early detection, which is why I am a strong supporter of the work undertaken by BreastScreen Victoria.
“The current state wide breast screen participation rate is 54 per cent with the target rate set at 70 per cent. Higher participation is necessary to reduce the mortality rate from breast cancer across Victoria.
“Women in their 40s are also encouraged to discuss with their doctor whether breast screening should be a priority for them. A regular breast screen, every two years, is the best way to find cancer early,” she said.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.
“The early detection of breast cancer is crucial as is the need for quality treatment and facilities,” Emma Kealy said.
“Although the Andrews Labor Government has not contributed the $1 million desperately needed to fund the Wimmera Cancer Centre, I’m proud to see our community has already raised over $500,000 through local fundraising initiatives.
Being able to receive treatment close to home instead of travelling to centres in Ballarat, Warrnambool or Melbourne would make a huge difference for local patients and families as they tackle cancer,” Ms Kealy said.
It is important for all women to know the normal look and feel of their breasts. If you notice any breast changes, nipple discharge or a lump, it is important that you visit your doctor as soon as possible, before you make an appointment at BreastScreen Victoria.
For more information or to book an appointment you can call 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.org.au.
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