Breast cancer does not discriminate

WHAT comes to mind about when you think about breast cancer?

It’s probably the face of a woman in her 50s, possibly with a grown-up family.

However, the reality of breast cancer is often a very different picture than this.

As the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by this disease, Breast Cancer Network Australia is using the spotlight of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to remind people that breast cancer doesn’t discriminate.

This year almost 16,000 Australians from all walks of life will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 

While about 75 per cent of new cases of breast cancer develop in women over the age of 50, breast cancer also affects young women and men.

It is also important to remember breast cancer affects people from all parts of Australia, and people from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

About 800 women under the age of 40 will be diagnosed in Australia this year and 150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

Our message is not to be alarmed but to be aware. If you notice a change in your breast, we encourage you to have a conversation with your health professional.

Don’t think breast cancer isn’t a possibility because of your age, sex or cultural background. 

There is never a good time to find out you have breast cancer.

But if you are diagnosed, know that there is support and information available, no matter what your circumstances.

Christine Nolan,

Breast Cancer Network Australia CEO

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