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Breast Cancer Awareness 🎀

October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This provides us with an opportunity to educate you about breast cancer, and raise awareness regarding the severe impact it has on those diagnosed with it, and their families. 🙏🏽


WHAT IS IT? 🤷🏽‍♀️

Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast lobules or ducts.

These cells grow uncontrollably and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body.

Men, women, transwomen & non-binary people can develop breast cancer.🧍🏽‍♀️🧍🏽‍♂️



Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer), and the 2nd most common cancer to cause death in women.

In Australia, the overall five year survival rate for breast cancer in females is 91%. 

The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women and 1 in 651 for men.



Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease.

This is why we encourage ALL our patients to regularly self-examine their breasts, and to look for the following changes; 

  • new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast

  • change in the size or shape of your breast

  • change to the nipple, such as crustingulcerredness or inversion

  • nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing

  • change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling

  • an unusual pain that doesn't go away.


Most changes aren’t due to breast cancer but if you notice ANY of the above, or you have any concerns at all, PLEASE book an appointment with one of our doctors ‼️


We have many FRIENDLY female doctors too, if you would feel more comfortable that way! Schedule an appointment online (ashburtonfamilypractice.com.au) or give us a call (03 9885 1200) 📞 💻


If you would like to learn more, please visit; https://www.cancer.org.au/cancer-information/types-of-cancer/breast-cancer

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