Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Queensland women – each year, around 3300 new cases are diagnosed and about 560 women die from the disease.
Research shows that in 2013 and 2015, 58 per cent of eligible Queensland women had a free mammogram through BreastScreen Queensland. That might sound like a fairly impressive statistic but it actually means that 220,000 eligible women went without treatment.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift says it is vital for eligible women to participate in screening, and for all Queensland women to be breast aware.
“One Queensland woman dies from breast cancer every 16 hours,” Ms Clift says. “It’s absolutely crucial that all women know the early warning signs and how to spot them.”
She goes on to say, “Five minutes of being breast aware could save your life. Our guide and handy shower hanger highlights quick steps to spotting the early signs of breast cancer.
“No two breasts are the same. Queensland women should look for changes in size, unusual dimpling or rashes, changes to the nipple, lumps and bumps or pain or swelling.
“We need all Queensland women to be breast aware and familiarise themselves with the normal look and feel of their breasts,” she says.
Ms Clift says checking at home should be accompanied by regular mammograms for eligible Queensland women, and if women notice any unusual breast they should see a doctor immediately.
Queenslanders can text SIGNS to 0476 555 556 to receive the free five signs guide to breast health.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.