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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

A lot of people think breast cancer only affects women, but men are affected too.
Check out these statistics:

Statistics from from AIHW

Early detection is still key into treating breast cancer in both women and men.

Symptoms for women and men could include

  • new lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm
  • nipple sores, discharge or turning in
  • changes in the size or shape of the breast
  • skin of the breast dimpling
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit area

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

Causes of breast cancer for women and men

Lifestyle factors that can increase breast cancer include being overweight, not enough physical activity, smoking and alcohol. Other non-lifestyle factors can include:

  • age
  • family history
  • exposure to female hormones (natural and administered)

Women 50 to 74 are invited to access free mammograms every 2 years via the BreastScreen Australia Program and unfortunately, doctors do not recommend men to get screened for breast cancer.

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Coral from QLD commented:

re Breast Cancer - why is the examination only to women to the age of 74 years? 

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