October 26, 2022

Think pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“Get to know your lemons.” It’s a simple message that Cheryl Murray, Breast Care Nurse Consultant, encourages women to become familiar with.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Australia, with one in seven women at risk of being diagnosed. Men can also be affected by breast cancer, with one in 555 men also at risk.

To keep on top of breast health, Cheryl encourages women and men to, “get to know your breasts.”

“Normal changes in our breasts happen over time,” she said.

“Get to know your breasts, what is normal for you? Breasts are all different shapes and sizes, and breast health is important for all.”

“You should get to know your breasts, because you need to know the normal look and feel of them, which will help you notice any new changes.”

According to the Know Your Lemons Foundation, there are 12 symptoms of breast cancer to look out for. This includes new lumps or thickening in the breast, especially if in only one breast, nipple sores, change in shape of the nipple, discharge, changes in the size or shape of the breast, skin of the breast dimpling, discomfort or swelling in the armpit, rash or red swollen breasts or ongoing pain that is not related to your menstrual cycle that remains after your period and occurs in only one breast.

But for some people, there are no symptoms, and the cancer is found during a mammogram or a physical examination by a doctor.

“If breast cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival. Women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have higher survival rates in the first five years,” Cheryl said.

Women of all ages are encouraged to self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74 should undergo breast screening every two years.

Last week, our staff proudly donned pink scrubs and attire as part of Pink Ribbon Day. October also marks Breast Cancer Awareness month – a strong reminder to all women to put their health and wellbeing first.

For information and resources on breast cancer, please visit Breast Cancer Network Australia.