What is breast cancer?

Cancer develops when the body’s cells behave in an uncontrolled way. Breast cancer develops in the ducts or lobules of the breast. It may present as a lump, but not always so there are other breast changes that should be investigated.


Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women. In 2019, it is estimated that 19,535 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases the possibility of getting a disease. Different cancers have different risk factors.

Types of Breast Cancers

There are many types of breast cancer and each type is unique.

Treating Breast Cancer

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.

After Surgery Care

Recovering from any surgery will take time.

Being Breast Aware

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


This was the reality Farrah had to face when she was told she had breast cancer. She had less than a day with her baby...


At 39 years old Mia, a healthy young woman with four children, was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and a hormone...


This 50-year-old former speed skater and roller derby queen is living life at top speed, because; as she says, “I don’t know how much time I’ve got.”
Michelle and her husband


At 34, Emma had the world at her feet. With a loving husband and two gorgeous young daughters, life couldn’t get much better. Then, just by chance one day when scratching under her arm, she discovered a small lump on the side of her breas
Emma and Ryan


Lisa was first told the shocking news that she had breast cancer in 2000 when she was just 35. Suddenly her life was turned upside down. She knew nothing about breast cancer or where to turn for help.
Lisa Tobin


Children: four, two boys and two girls David – 19 Lachlan – 14 Sarah – 16 Alyssa – 10 Christine said living in Sydney had...


Friday 21 July 2017 started out as an ordinary day for John. With plans to visit family with his wife Kaye, he jumped in the shower to freshen up. It was while he was washing that he found a tiny lump under his left breast.


Parvin’s mother was her best friend. Her parents had moved to Australia as refugees from Iran when she was young, and she followed a few years later.


Miwa Takahashi, 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer in April last year after finding an unusual lump in the shower. The next week flew by - a visit to the GP, an ultrasound, a biopsy, and results in a matter of days


Louise is a 44 year old woman who self-referred to Breast Cancer Care WA to receive counselling support following her breast cancer diagnosis. She had been experiencing ‘lumpy’ breasts for the previous 12-24 months, but discovered that a lump in her left breast was becoming larger, with itchiness and discolouration around her left nipple.

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