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28 October 2020
A Wimmera nurse is reminding residents early detection of breast cancer is vital to improve chances of survival.
West Wimmera Health Service cancer resource nurse Janine Clarke is urging Wimmera residents to look out for the early signs of breast cancer.
Her comments came during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
Ms Clarke said breast cancer remained the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer.
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She said this month provided an opportunity for people to focus on breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
“There has been a significant reduction in cancer screenings, and as a result cancer diagnoses, since the COVID-19 pandemic started,” she said.
“As with any cancer, early detection provides the best chance of surviving the disease.
“Please remember that you don’t need to be an expert to check your breasts. This simple act can save your life.”
Ms Clarke said the National Breast Cancer Foundation provided some excellent information regarding the self-examination process, including changes to look for, including –
• A new lump or lumpiness, especially if it is only in one breast.
• A change in the size or shape of your breast.
• A change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion.
• A nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing.
• A change in the skin of your breast, such as redness or dimpling.
• An unusual pain that does not go away.
Ms Clarke said most changes were not due to breast cancer, but it was important to see a doctor without delay when symptoms were detected.
She said people wanting more information could arrange an appointment by calling the health service on 5391 4267 or National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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