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The 'Cheeky Check-up'
Many women do not check their breasts regu-
larly because they are anxious about doing it the
'wrong' way and missing something. Yet inter-
national research involving hundreds of thou-
sands of women has shown there is no evidence
to promote the use of any one self-examination
technique over another.
"Early detection is critical to improve your
chances of sur vival" said Dr Zorbas. Get to
know the normal look and feel of your breasts
and report any changes to your doctor without
and you don't need training in how or what to
do.National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre
advises getting into the habit of doing a 'Cheeky
Check-up', such as when you are dressing, show-
ering or applying moisturiser. See www.cheeky-
Changes to look out for include:
• a new lump or lumpiness, especially if its only
in one breast
• a change in the size or shape of the breast
• a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer,
at occurs with-
he breast, such
n't go away.
re for women
r breast chang-
hand for early
ve shown that
vides about a
30% reduction in deaths from breast cancer
in women aged 50-69 years who participate in
regular screening. Screening mammograms are
also available to women 40-49 years, although
the bene t is likely to be marginally less than for
Mammographic screening is not recommend-
ed for women under 40 years. Younger women
have denser breasts than older women. is
means that the e ectiveness of the mammogram
in nding breast cancer early is greatly reduced.
Generally, breasts become less dense as women
get older, particularly a er the menopause.
• Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst women
• 14,000 women are expected to be diagnosed this year
• Survival has improved across all age groups in the past 25 years due to
early detection and better treatment.
• Early detection remains the most important factor in breast cancer
• There are 2 ways women can detect breast cancer early:
• 1 Breast Awareness
• All women should get to know the normal look and feel of their breasts
as part of everyday life. You don't need to be an expert or use a special
technique to check your breasts. Knowing what is normal for you will help
you to detect any new breast changes. If you notice a change in your
breasts, see you doctor without delay.
• 2 Mammographic Screening
• National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre recommends that women
aged 50 years and over participate in regular mammographic screening.
Women aged 40-49 are also eligible to attend the BreastScreen. To make
an appointment, call BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50.
More info visit: National Breast and Ovarian Cancer www.nbocc.org.au.
QUICK BREAST CANCER FACTS
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