Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, breast cancer risk increases greatly after the age of 50.
In some instances, there are genetic factors at play. However, nine out of ten women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast cancer.
Women are recommended to perform self-examinations regularly to detect any changes early on. Don’t panic if you think you feel a lump in your breast, most women have some lumps or lumpy areas, and most breast lumps turn out to be benign (not cancerous). There are a number of possible causes of non-cancerous breast lumps, including normal hormonal changes.
Breast screening can find breast cancer early, before it can be seen or felt by a woman or her doctor; early detection means there are more treatment options.
Please speak to your GP, or call the clinic if you’ve noticed a lump or other breast change that is new and worrisome.