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Date: 1 2021 00:00 to 31 2021 23:45

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. 

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

  • Being female
  • Age
  • Family history
  • Previous breast cancer issues
  • Genetics
  • Hormones
  • Women who began menstruation early or experience menopause later in life
  • Lifestyle e.g. weight issues, high consumption of alcohol
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Increased breast density (measured by a radiologist)

- Information from Cancer Australia & Breast Cancer Trials

You don’t need to be an expert to check your own breasts. Most changes are NOT due to breast cancer, but it is important you see your doctor at Maari Ma if you are concerned about any changes.