Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast lobules or ducts. These cells grow uncontrollably and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, although it is uncommon in men.
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Increasing age is a major risk factor for developing breast cancer. Other major risk factors include a personal history of atypical hyperplasia or lobular carcinoma in situ, a strong family history of the disease or mutation in a breast cancer predisposition gene, and previous radiotherapy eg for previous cancer. For women at moderate ie 1.
As a woman, over the course of your lifetime there are many factors that can influence your risk of breast cancer. You can also improve your chance of better outcomes by being breast aware and knowing what to do about finding breast cancer early. Every woman wants to know the facts about risk of breast cancer. It is the most common cancer in women in Australia.
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BCNA is the peak national organisation for Australians affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more thanindividual members and Member Groups. InLyn Swinburne envisaged an organisation that would positively influence the way breast cancer was discussed in the community. Her goal was for people to talk openly about the disease and acknowledge its personal impact.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in WA. Every year more than 1, women in Western Australia are told the news that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the breast.
Error: This is required. Error: Not a valid value. Breast cancer occurs when cells in a woman's breast tissue start to grow abnormally and have the potential to spread outside the breast.
With our new fortnightly podcast series Upfront About Breast Cancer, we're taking our advice and support and delivering it to you wherever you have your smartphone or computer. BCNA is proud to launch its new My Journey online tool that provides instant access to trusted and up-to-date information that relates to your own diagnosis and circumstances. If you need support or information about breast cancer, call our Helpline on and speak to our cancer nurses, who can help you navigate your way through the health system.