Breast cancer won't wait for COVID-19 to be over

October 2020 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Tasmanian women, with one in seven women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85.

Breast cancer won’t wait for COVID-19 to be over. That’s why it’s important to continue to look after your health.

If it’s been more than two years since your last mammogram, you are overdue, and should call 13 20 50 to book your free BreastScreen today!

BreastScreen Tasmania provides a free screening mammogram to all women over 40 every two years. Women aged 50 - 74 are particularly encouraged to participate.

BreastScreen operates clinics in Hobart and Launceston and has two fully equipped mobile units that service 30 locations across the state to support women living in rural and regional areas: over 34,000 women per year visit BreastScreen Tasmania!

BreastScreen Tasmania has introduced additional infection control measures to ensure they continue to offer a safe and reliable service to Tasmanian women during COVID-19. So, if you are due for your next mammogram, don’t delay.

In between screening mammograms, it is important to be breast aware.

This means being familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel.

Most breast changes are not due to cancer, but you should see your doctor if you find a breast change that is unusual for you.

Changes to look out for include

  • A new lump or lumpiness;
  • A change in the size or shape of your breast;
  • Changes in skin texture or colour;
  • Nipple changes;
  • Uusual pain that does not go away.

Listen to your body for anything that feels different for you – and participate in breast cancer screening when you are invited: breast cancer won’t wait, and early detection is your best protection!

- Contributed by Tasmanian Health Service
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