Breast Cancer Awareness month (October) saw the Doctors and staff of Third Avenue Surgery / GP After Hours Mount Lawley, get their prettiest pink clothing and accessories on to raise awareness for breast screening and the early detection of breast cancer.
Our delicious homemade Ginger Boob biscuits, Mallo-grams and Ginger Women.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells lining the breast lobules or ducts. These cells grow uncontrollably and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Breast cancer can develop in both men and women but it is much more uncommon in men.
Breast cancer may exhibit no symptoms in some women and will only be found after a screening mammogram or physical examination by your doctor. Other women may have symptoms, which could include:
- New lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm
- Nipple sores
- Nipple discharge or turning in
- Dimpling of the breast
- Rash or red swollen breasts
The main factors that increase your chance of getting breast cancer are:
- Increasing age
- Family history
- Exposure to female hormones
- Inheritance of mutations in the genes BRCA2, BRCA1 and CHEK2
- Previous breast cancer diagnosis
- Past history of certain breast conditions
What is a Breast Screen?
A screening mammogram is a low dose X-ray of a woman’s breast. Screening mammograms are performed on women with no breast symptoms, for the purpose of detecting breast cancer at an early stage, before it can be felt or noticed.
Did you know that:
- Women in Australia have a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
- The risk of breast cancer increases with age.
- A mammogram can detect 70-90% of breast cancers.
- It’s the only proven means of detecting breast cancer at this early stage.
- Screening mammograms may detect a very small cancer, as small as a grain of rice, before you or your doctor can feel it.
- Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but the earlier a breast cancer is detected the better the chance of successful treatment.
BreastScreen WA provides a FREE two-yearly screening mammogram to Western Australian women 40 years or over, with no breast symptoms.
Over 75% of breast cancers occur in women over 50 years of age. Women aged 50 to 74 years are encouraged to attend since the benefit from breast screening is greatest for women in this age group.
If you would like a consultation for a breast examination, please book an appointment with one of our doctors. If you have concerns about your health and your regular GP is unavailable, please book an appointment with GP After Hours Mount Lawley who are our after-hours service. They can access your patient file and correspond with your regular GP.