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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2018 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In 2018, it is predicted that there will be over 18,000 new cases of breast cancer being diagnosed.

Breast cancer was the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2014. During 2014, it was also the most commonly diagnosed cancer in females. It is estimated that it will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2018. In 2018, it is estimated that the risk of an individual being diagnosed with breast cancer by their 85th birthday will be 1 in 14 (1 in 715 males and 1 in 8 females)1.

There are a number of positive lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer and improve your overall wellbeing. Although these changes provide no guarantee that you won’t develop breast cancer, they’ll give you a start towards reducing your risk. It’s never too late to start!

These include:

  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce your alcohol intake
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise and eat healthy

More information on how you can reduce your risk or how to be ‘breast aware’, can be found here on the Breast Cancer Network Australia website.

The above statistics are quite remarkable. We have a long way to go and groups like the Breast Cancer Network Australia are representing the people behind the statistics. BCNA aims to ensure the voices of everyday Australians affected by breast cancer are heard.

To find out how you can help raise awareness and show your support, click this link for a calendar of events via bcna.org.au.

 

1. https://breast-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au/statistics

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