Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) is a great opportunity for the community to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.
Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.
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. Many women are still not participating in the free screening program, although it could save their lives.
In 2019, it is estimated more than 19,300 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 3,000 women are expected to die from the disease.
As a result of the huge strides made in diagnosing breast cancer early and in treatment, more than nine out of 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia will survive.
But prevention is always better than cure.
Women at increased risk of breast cancer
The Australian Government has really good information about healthy living and breast cancer. Some women may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer due to a family history of the disease or other factors. Use the online risk calculator to assess your level of breast cancer risk compared to another woman your age. The Government asks you to note: the risk calculator is intended for use by women who have not had breast cancer.Whatever your age, if you have had breast cancer or a pre-invasive breast disease you will need regular follow-up to make sure that if breast cancer comes back it can be found and treated promptly.
Care for loved ones with breast cancer
Right at Home offers specialist care at home for adults suffering from illness or in need of post-operative or palliative care. Our special care situations are explained on our website. Our care services fall into several categories of home care including services for those with special care situations caused by complex medical conditions. We have a comprehensive portfolio of care services with the mission of providing the right care right at home.
Remember, under the new Consumer Directed Care rules for government funded home care packages, you can change your government provider if you are unhappy with the service and you can chooses a private home care company like Right at Home with the use of a government package.
Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors and adults living with a disability who want to continue to live independently or age in their home. Right at Home is your local expert for issues related to caring for your loved ones, and is dedicated to keeping you informed about home care. With no admin or subscription fees Right at Home allows you to get more care from your package or budget.
Right at Home is a 'My Aged Care' government approved, home care provider for levels 1 – 4 and offers flexible in-home care services such as nursing care, after hospital care, post-operative care, respite care, dementia and Alzheimer's care. Right at Home also offers assistance with daily living such as grooming, hygiene, transport, shopping, meal prep, domestic services and social support, so your loved one can enjoy a more independent, vibrant life. Our nurses and caregivers are screened, highly trained and insured prior to entering your home so you can trust us with the caregiving while you focus on your loved one.
To find out more, please give us a call on 1300 363 802 or visit our website.