October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Second only to lung cancer in causing cancer deaths in women, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in Australia, with an estimated 19,974 new cases likely to be diagnosed by the end of 2020.
A major concern is that during the pandemic people have deferred screening which could delay diagnosis – which is particularly sad given that finding breast cancer early means there are more treatment options and chances of survival are greatest.
Breast cancer awareness is important for women of all ages, and their partners play an important role in helping highlight awareness that could be life-saving and equally while breast cancer in men is uncommon at less than 1% of all breast cancers, men should also be vigilant.
Sydney Adventist Hospital breast surgeon Dr Sandra Krishan joins John Stanley to revisit what it is, and what we all should be looking out for.
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