Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2020 #DoItForCancer

Posted on September 17, 2020

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Breast Cancer Symptoms

Some people have no symptoms and the cancer is found during a screening mammogram or a physical examination by a doctor.

If you do have symptoms, they could include:

•new lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm

•nipple sores

•nipple discharge without squeezing or turning in/inversion

•skin of the breast dimpling

•rash or red swollen breasts

•an unusual pain that doesn't go away

Causes of Breast Cancer

Some factors that increase your risk of breast cancer include:

•increasing age

•family history

•inheritance of mutations in the genes BRCA2, BRCA1 and CHEK2

•exposure to female hormones (natural and administered)

•a previous breast cancer diagnosis

•a past history of certain non-cancerous breast conditions

Lifestyle factors that can also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer in men and women include:

•being overweight

•not enough physical activity

•drinking alcohol

Screening for Breast Cancer

Women aged between 50 and 74 are invited to access free screening mammograms every two years via the BreastScreen Australia Program. Women aged 40-49 and 75 and over are also eligible to receive free mammograms, however do not receive an invitation to attend. It is recommended that women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, aged between 40 and 49 or over 75 discuss options with their GP, or contact BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50.