Breast Cancer Awareness is what we are trying to achieve this month and the Doctors and staff at GP After Hours Mount Lawley are having loads of fun getting their ‘Pink’ on for Breast Cancer.
What is breast cancer, how do you know if you have it and what is a screening mammogram?
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer to affect Australian women and the second most common cancer behind lung cancer, to cause death in women.
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 throughout the body.
Symptoms of breast cancer may include:
New lumps / thickening in the breast or under arm
Nipple discharge or turning in
Dimpling of the breast
Rash or red swollen breasts
Some people have no symptoms and the cancer is found through a screening mammogram or physical examination.
For more information about breast cancer, please view the Cancer Council Australia website.
What is a Breast Screen?
In raising breast cancer awareness, we hope to encourage women to get their free screening mammogram done. A screening mammogram is a low dose X-ray of a woman’s breast. Screening mammograms are performed on women with no breast symptoms, for the purpose of detecting breast cancer at an early stage, before it can be felt or noticed.
Things you should know:
Women in Australia have a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
The risk of breast cancer increases with age.
A mammogram can detect 70-90% of breast cancers.
It’s the only proven means of detecting breast cancer at this early stage.
Screening mammograms may detect a very small cancer, as small as a grain of rice, before you or your doctor can feel it.
Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but the earlier a breast cancer is detected the better the chance of successful treatment.
BreastScreen WA provides a FREE two-yearly screening mammogram to Western Australian women 40 years or over, with no breast symptoms.
Over 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50 years of age. Women aged 50 to 74 years are encouraged to attend since the benefit from breast screening is greatest for women in this age group.
If you notice or experience any unusual symptoms, please make an appointment to see your regular GP. If you don’t have one, then book an appointment with one of our experienced After-Hours doctors.