Breast care is needed

Dianne Dempsey | Bendigo Weekly | 28-Jul-2016

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Unfortunately the prospect of breast cancer continues to haunt many women.

According to the program manager of Bendigo BreastScreen, Elisa Alford, one in eight women will be affected by the condition.

On the other hand agencies such as BreastScreen Victoria have been set up to specifically identify women at risk.

Finding breast cancer early before any symptoms are noticed, and when treatment is most likely to be successful, gives women the best chance of survival.

A regular breast screen, every two years, is the best way to find cancer early.

It is also important to note that nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. 

Ms Alford said that if a woman is concerned about a lump in her breast the quickest way she can resolve the situation is by going straight to her GP and getting a referral from there.

“There are nurse counsellors here and they are available to talk to women about their concerns,” she said.

“If a woman does have to have treatment the counsellors support them all the way through the process.”

While women with a strong family history of breast cancer have a higher than average risk, the biggest risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman over the age of 50.

Remember, once is not enough. The best way to detect changes in the breast is to compare your previous X-rays with a current breast screen.

Bookings are now available at Bendigo BreastScreen, 375 Barnard Street, Bendigo. 

Book online at breastscreen.org.au or call 13 20 50 and mention if you wish to be seen  after hours.

No doctor’s referral for a breast screen is required.

If you wish to speak to a nurse counsellor at Bendigo BreastScreen the phone number is 5441 6850.

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