Breast Cancer Awareness Month is yet another strong reminder to all Far North Queensland women they should put their health and well-being first.
Early detection remains the best chance of survival.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today urged Far North Queensland women to learn about breast cancer and have regular breast checks to catch the disease early.
He said it is important women of all ages self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74 years take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation of a free screening.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,” Mr Entsch said.
“Many women are still not participating in the free screening program, although it could save their lives.
“More than 19,300 Australian women will be diagnosed with the disease this year and more than 3,000 women are expected to die from it.
“I strongly encourage all women in Far North Queensland to take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation of a free screening, which could end up saving their lives.”
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt encouraged all women to visit Cancer Australia’s website – breastcancerriskfactors.gov.au – to better understand their own risks.
“We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Mr Hunt said.
“This month is a great time for every woman to think about this disease, learn more about the risks and take action to protect herself.
“The government is committed to delivering a healthier Australia, and supporting Australians when they need it most.”
The Morrison Government is strongly committed to reducing cancer’s toll on Australians.
It is increasing its support to women to help them to reduce their risks and to survive breast cancer, including:
- From 1 November, breast cancer scans and PET scans for advanced breast cancer will both be subsidised by Medicare, saving patients up to $1500 per scan.
- The number of McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurses will increase from 57 to 98 by 2022-23.
- The listing of Ibrance® (palbociclib) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, saving women with an advanced form of breast cancer around $55,000 for a year’s treatment.