Support available for those living with breast cancer
ONE in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the time they turn 85.
Sadly, many of the risk factors for breast cancer, such as ageing and being a woman, are inescapable.
A diagnosis will usually come out of the blue.
Perhaps, like many of us, a routine mammogram was scheduled, with the expectation of being in and out in 30 minutes.
But then the clinician notices something abnormal.
A few days later many women will hear the words "You have breast cancer".
Forty two Australian women hear those words every day.
Men are not immune to breast cancer, and about 145 men are expected to be diagnosed in 2015.
From our work supporting Australians affected by breast cancer, we know that it's the simple things that can quickly become challenging.
Continuing to keep your hours at work, chasing after children, walking the dog - the everyday things often seem daunting.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to remember those we have lost to breast cancer, but also those around us who are living the experience.
Most people have been touched by breast cancer in some way, and I encourage you to show those around you that you care.
This October we are working to raise awareness of secondary breast cancer and to make sure the women, men and families living with secondary breast cancer feel supported and connected.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, I encourage you to contact BCNA for information and support.
Our online network has a range of forums where you can connect with others who are facing similar questions and challenges, and a list of BCNA support groups.
Breast Cancer Network Australia