At Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) we know that when a public figure is diagnosed with breast cancer it may be very disconcerting and can affect people in many different ways.
We were very sorry to hear that the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson has recently been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer, detected through a routine mammogram, and has recently undergone surgery. We are happy to hear she is now recuperating with her family.
The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer over a lifetime is 1 in 7 for women and 1 in 555 for men. The benefits of early detection include increased survival rates, increased treatment options and improved quality of life post diagnosis.
BCNA’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Support Services Vicki Durston reminds women over 40 who do not have any breast cancer symptoms that they are entitled to a free mammogram every two years through BreastScreen.
‘After Covid there was a 9% national decline in participation rates for breast screening, so this is an important reminder of the importance of screening and early detection’ Ms Durston says.
Even if you are having regular screening mammograms, you should still see your doctor if you notice any change in your breasts. For those at increased risk or at very high-risk of developing breast cancer, a more tailored screening program can be offered and is best discussed with your GP.
If hearing this news has been hard for you, our Helpline can offer support and recommend the most appropriate resources for you - 1800 500 258.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. BCNA provides information and support to those diagnosed and their supporters, opportunities to connect with others going through a similar situation and work to influence a stronger healthcare system to ensure all Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.
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