Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women. In 2019, it is estimated that 19,535 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
A risk factor is anything that increases the possibility of getting a disease. Different cancers have different risk factors.
Treatment regimes for breast cancer are dependent on a number of factors and will vary according to these factors and the stage of the cancer.
Early detection of breast cancer increases the chances of successful treatment and ultimately, survival. At Breast Cancer Care WA we seek to spread the message that early detection provides the best chance of successful treatment.
Meet the women who inspire us
Rachel was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer called Neuroendocrine Tumour in 2021. She had moved to Perth with her husband and son only six weeks earlier, and when the borders closed they found themselves cut off from their family and friends.
Di has been part of our community at Breast Cancer Care WA since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 7 years ago.
Lea survived breast cancer with the support of her family, and continues to access BCCWA's services to navigate her survivorship.
Jenny was one of many women who faced breast cancer during the pandemic. She was just 32 years old when she discovered a small lump in her breast while breastfeeding her son.
Amanda had just separated from her husband and was fearful of how she would cope raising 3 children on her own, without a job. Then she was diagnosed with cancer.
It was Karen’s determination not to lose any function in her arm that motivated her to keep moving during and after her diagnosis and treatment. Karen was active prior to surgery but didn’t place a priority on exercise in and amongst her busy life and work.
Eleonore’s cancer journey was highly unexpected. She was playing sport 3 times a week, riding her bike to work every day, eating healthily. There were no health triggers like fatigue or physical signs like a noticeable lump that she felt.
It was the decision to go jogging. It was this decision, that upon reflection, I wish I had made earlier but I have since learned that you can’t change the past, you just have to try your best and move forwards.
There were no symptoms, no lump, no warning, nothing. When Maria was diagnosed, it came as a total shock!
When 38-year-old Natalie discovered a lump in her breast this year, not only would she struggle with the debilitating emotional and physical trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis, but her husband of 10 years would leave her and their two young daughters to face the battle alone