Be 'Breast Aware' and Stay Informed

Sadly, every 14 seconds a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. We know that early detection can improve treatment outcomes. It’s now time to get “breast aware” - it could save your life. We’ve partnered with Osara Health to provide you with tips and advice to ensure you’re spotting the signs and help make any necessary changes to reduce your risk.

Be aware of changes to the shape and feel of your breasts?

Adult women of all ages should check their breasts regularly for changes. Examples of changes which you should discuss with your GP include:

  • A new lump in your breast, particulary if it is on one side only
  • Changes in the shape and size of your breast
  • Changes to the nipple (for example ulcers, redness or the nipple being pulled in)
  • Discharge from your nipple
  • Changes in the skin of your breast (for example dimpling or redness)

Understand the lifestyle factors influencing your risk level?

Did you know that 75% of breast cancer occurs in women older than 50? As we get older our chances of getting breast cancer can increase, other factors include: 

  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Previous early breast cancer
  • Being a female (although men can also develop breast cancer)

Other lifestyle factors have been shown to increase your risk of breast cancer, these include: 

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking

Screening options available for breast cancer

  • Women aged 50 and 74 will receive an invitation in the mail to participate in a mammogram every 2 years
  • Women between the ages of 40 and 49 and those older than 75 can also have a free mammogram, but this should be discussed with your GP
  • If you are due for breast screening you can call BreastScreen Australia on 13 20 50

Men can get breast cancer too

Men can also develop breast cancer, despite having less breast tissue compared to women. Although rare, it still accounts for less than 1% of all cancers in men. Common risk factors for breast cancer in men include a family history of the disease, elevated estrogen levels, certain testicular disorders, increasing age, and other lifestyle factors. In Australia, the diagnosis, treatment, and management options for breast cancer are the same for both men and women. It’s worth making sure the important males in your life are also breast aware.

For more information

Breast Cancer Network Australia

Cancer Council

Zurich Evolve is our commitment to health, partnering with you to stay healthy and feel healthier, even when faced with the challenges of cancer. We understand every cancer journey is unique. If you or someone you know is living with cancer, read our holistic support guide.

This article was brought to you in collaboration with Osara Health - empowering people and organizations affected by cancer to thrive using expertise, empathy and technology.