October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Australia, providing an opportunity for us to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community. Right at Home, Australia's quality homecare provider shares the statistics and warning signs.
According to the Australian Government's Cancer Australia Department, breast cancer was the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia in 2018. It is estimated that it will remain the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in 2022.
In 2018, there were 18,742 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed (205 males and 18,538 females). In 2022, it is estimated that 20,640 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia (212 males and 20,428 females). In 2022, it is estimated that a person has a 1 in 15 (or 6.7%) risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 (1 in 668 or 0.15% for males and 1 in 8 or 13% for females).
An estimated number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2022 sits at 20,428 women.
Changes to look for include:
a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it's only in one breast
a change in the size or shape of your breast
a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
a change in the skin of your breast such as redness or dimpling
an unusual pain that doesn't go away.
There are some great initiatives across the country that strive to support the fight against breast cancer. Why not, join the Twelve Apostles Lodge Walk for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). Escape to the Victoria's coast and walk 32km over three days from March 4-6, 2023. While you are there you can pop into our Right at Home Southwest Victoria office to say hello!
For more breast cancer resources, visit the Australian Government breast cancer website.
You can also download the Guide to Brest Breast Cancer Care from the BNCA.
Right at Home is an experienced in-home care provider. we provide homecare to the elderly so they can remain safe and independent in their own homes as well as disability support, post-operative care and care for clients with chronic illness. We provide care for special care situations including cancer recovery. Our care includes companion care, respite care, personal care and nursing care. If you need help recovering from breast cancer and thinking about care and support in your home think about contacting your local Right at Home office.
In good health.
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Founded in 1995, Right at Home offers in-home companionship and personal care, and assistance to seniors (elderly and aged care), and any adult who needs our care at home including 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 and personal care 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.
Right at Home Offices in Australia: Adelaide Central; Brisbane Bayside; Brisbane North; Brisbane South; Brisbane West; Central Queensland & Wide Bay; Darling Downs; Far North Queensland; Gold Coast North; Gold Coast South; Greater Logan; Mackay; Moreton Bay Region; Noosa, Gympie & Hinterland; Sunshine Coast; Townsville; Central West New South Wales; Gosford; Hunter & Port Stephens; Macarthur Penrith; Newcastle; Northern Rivers; Padstow St George; Southern NSW; Sydney Central & Eastern Suburbs; Sydney Inner West; Sydney Liverpool; Sydney Lower North Shore; Sydney Norwest; Sydney Northern Beaches; Sydney Parramatta; Sydney Ryde; Sydney The Hills; Sydney Upper North Shore; Kalgoorlie Wheatbelt; Perth Como; Perth Midland; Perth Northern Suburbs; Perth West Coast; Southwest Victoria