Posted: 2017-10-12 23:07:19

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and here at Stopgap Australia, we’re raring to do our bit to offer support to increase awareness of the disease and help raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The international health campaign supported by Cancer Australia and Cancer Council also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

During October, we will be holding a number of events – the main one being our annual Pink Ribbon Day fundraiser, Pink Tea Morning, which we’re holding on Friday 27th October from 11am – 1pm. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels to stay up to date other ways we’ll be supporting the BCAM campaign.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer. Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

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 to other parts of the body. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, although it is statistically less common in men.

Women aged between 50 and 74 are invited to access free screening mammograms every two years via the BreastScreen Australia Program. Women aged 40-49 and 75 and over are also eligible to receive free mammograms, however do not receive an invitation to attend. It is recommended that women with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, aged between 40 and 49 or over 75 discuss options with their GP, or contact BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50.

Head over to Cancer Council’s website to find out more about symptoms, causes and screening around breast cancer.

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