How to do a self examination
While checking your breasts, you should be looking out for lumps, feeling for any new pain, changes in your nipple or any tethering of the skin. Though it’s important to remember, if you have any concerns about any changes, please make an appointment with your general practitioner.
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It’s that time of year again, folks!
An important message and interview with Dr Ben Lancashire
Another inspiring sea of pink awaits at this year’s International Women’s Day Fun Run.
As a breast cancer surgeon, I look forward to running alongside those affected by a breast cancer diagnosis.
You specialise in risk reduction strategies for patients at high risk of developing breast cancer – what’s your top words of advice for all Australian women, to help reduce the risk?
My top 3 messages to all women are:
- Be breast aware
Check your breasts with a self-examination each month, and see your GP immediately if you notice any new symptoms.
- Get screened regularly
Make (and keep) appointments when you’re due for breast screening.
- Understand your risk
Know which breast cancer risk factors apply to you, and take steps to target these where possible. Although some risk factors cannot be modified (e.g. personal or family history of breast cancer), many can (e.g. physical inactivity, excess weight and alcohol consumption).
How important is early detection and why?
The earlier a breast cancer is detected and treated, the less chance there is for it to spread. An early diagnosis can mean:
- less extensive treatment(s)
- better health outcomes
What’s the impact of community and connection for women who find themselves on this journey?
A diagnosis of breast cancer can feel daunting, overwhelming, and isolating. Support networks between patients, relatives and practitioners offer valuable opportunities to share experience and knowledge as well as moral and practical support. The Mater Chicks in Pink demonstrate Queensland’s large and genuine community of care for women on this journey.