Breast Cancer in Australia
Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the 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 is now the most common cancer affecting women and the second most common cause of cancer-related death in women. 1-in 8 Australian women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.1 Early detection is the best defence against breast cancer and the key to saving lives.
Women with close relatives who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of developing the disease. Having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman’s risk2. However, not only women who have a family history of breast cancer are at risk. 9 out of every 10 women who develop breast cancer do not have any family history of the disease3.
- It is the most common cancer in women and the second most common cause of cancer-related death in women.
- Approximately 18,000 Australians are diagnosed each year.
- 1-in-8 Australian women will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- Having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer approximately doubles a woman’s risk. However, 9-in-10 diagnosed do not have a family history.
- Finding invasive breasts cancers early increases the chance of surviving breast cancer. If found before spreading to lymph nodes, the five year survival rate is 96%.
- Breast Diagnostic Specialists on the Sunshine Coast utilise 3D mammography imaging technology which has been shown to be superior to traditional 2D mammography images.
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