October is considered as the breast cancer awareness month. According to breast-cancer.canceraustralia.gov.au , the number of new cases that is diagonised in 2019 is 19,535 where 19,371 are females. That is a 14% of growth in the numbers compared to previous years. The number of illness and deaths can be reduced with early detection of unsuspected breast cancer using screening Mammography.
What is Breast Cancer?
Multiplying of abnormal cells in the breast tissues that can result in forming invasive or malignant tumour is normally called breast cancer (Source: BreastScreen Australia, 2019).
There are benign tumors or “in-situ” that occurs on the milk ducts and not invaded on the surrounded area. So, not all the tumors are life-threatening.
Symptoms to Watch out
There could be numerous risk factors that may result in breast cancer including personal factors, family history and genetic factors, reproductive, lifestyle and environmental factors and medical history and medications. But having one more factors does not mean that you are vulnerable to the disease, because most of the people might always have one of them in their life that would never lead to cancer.
And also, it is difficult to understand the factor even after a person is diagonised with breast cancer.
Australian Government has introduced a “Risk Factor calculator” to calculate the risks of getting the cancer based on different personal and environmental factors you have.
The treatments are based on the extent of breast cancer:
BreastScreen Australia encourages women above age 40 to get their screening and they provide Mammography screening for women aged between 50 and 74 with no out of pocket expenses.
Australian Health Department , Cancer Council, Cancer Australia, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recommends anyone who could be at risk of getting breast cancer to do an early breast screening test to avoid any terminal condition.