They have many names including boobs, bosom, bust, jubblies, orbs of greatness, bazoomas, tatas, pillows and mammary glands if you want to get technical, but when it comes to breasts its best keep it simple and to be as familiar with your own as you can be. On average 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives and 9 out of 10 women who develop the disease have no family history.
Though October is breast cancer awareness month, it’s important to keep this message current through all months of the year. As mentioned, as the majority of breast cancers are diagnosed in women with no family history and the key risk factors for breast cancer are being female and growing older, it’s absolutely vital that all women aged 50-74 receive their regular two-yearly mammogram which is free. However, all ladies over 40 are welcome to attend mammograms through Breast Screen NSW.
If you’re in these age groups, it’s recommended that you undertake a screening every two years to assist in early detection. No matter your age, if you notice anything unusual or different about your breasts, get them checked as soon as possible for your peace of mind if nothing else. A mammogram takes around twenty minutes, time well spent when it comes to looking after your health. Breast Screen NSW has appointments available every week in Orange and are located at the front of the Orange Health Service on Forest Road. Remember that cancer is mostly a random event that can happen to anyone, reinforcing the importance of screening for ALL women. Screening can find cancers before they are felt or noticed and you have a much better chance of survival when found early.
Please call 13 20 50 today to make an appointment for a FREE screening mammogram, it’s worth it! Breast cancer won’t wait, everything else can.