With the sheer number of people in Australia affected by breast cancer – around 16,000 expected to be diagnosed during 2016 – it would be easy to be complacent and assume that with the awareness this generates, there would be knowledge too.
Key findings from a research report by the McGrath Foundation suggest that, while the majority of Australian women – 73 per cent – believe themselves to be somewhat or very breast aware, knowledge of key risk factors for breast cancer is low, with only 10 percent who can correctly identify six key risk factors for breast cancer. As the report states, this indicates that awareness alone is not sufficient to effect behavioural change to identify potential changes in the breast and seek advice from a healthcare professional. Being aware must be accompanied by confidence, knowledge of risk factors, and frequent checking, in order to make a difference to long-term breast health in Australia.
With breast cancer impacting many working Australians, it is important that those with influence in organisations take initiative to encourage prevention, early detection and help support those affected by breast cancer through diagnosis and recovery. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a great time to talk about the resources and education available to your people.
Bupa are proud to be supporting the McGrath Foundation who provide help to the women, families and communities impacted by breast cancer through the incredible work of McGrath Breast Care Nurses. In doing so, we are reaching out to our community to educate and encourage self-examination.
Bupa’s support includes providing breast self-exam tips to help educate people on what signs to look out for as well as shedding some light on a lot of common myths. To recognise and continue the invaluable work of McGrath Breast Care Nurses, for every like, share or comment on our designated Breast Cancer Awareness Facebook post we will also donate $1 to the McGrath Foundation.
In order to get involved, your workplace you can:
This information has been developed and reviewed for Bupa by health professionals. To the best of their knowledge it is current and based on reputable sources of medical research. It should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical or other health professional advice. Bupa HI Pty Ltd makes no warranties or representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of the information. Bupa is not liable for any loss or damage you suffer arising out of the use of or reliance on the information, except that which cannot be excluded by law. We recommend that you consult your doctor or other qualified health professional if you have questions or concerns about your health.
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