- Kylie - in 2005, the Aussie pop star was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer; from which she’s recovered.
- Anastacia - this American superstar found a lump in her breast in 2003. She was diagnosed in January, responded well to treatment and given the ‘all-clear’ that June.
- Cynthia Nixon - best-known for her role in “Sex and the City,” quietly battled breast cancer in 2006.
- Rove McManus - Rove’s first wife, actress and singer Belinda Emmett put up an incredibly strong eight-year battle. But sadly she passed away in November 2006.
- Olivia Newton-John - Olivia successfully battled breast cancer in the ‘90s, and is now a passionate campaigner for awareness
- Nicole Kidman - movie star Nicole’s beloved mum Janelle is also a breast cancer survivor.
Increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors for developing breast cancer. Breast cancer can occur in younger women, but about three out of four breast cancer cases occur in women aged 50 years and older.
The good news is that more Australian women are now surviving breast cancer than ever before. Overall, 88 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer today will be alive five years after their diagnosis. Twenty years ago 71 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer could expect to live five years after their diagnosis.
This is important even if you are having regular screening mammograms, as breast cancer can develop in between mammograms. There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts, no special technique to use and no right time of the month to check. Just check your breasts wherever and whenever works for you.
• a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
• a change in the size or shape of the 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 the breast, such as redness or dimpling
• an unusual pain that doesn’t go away.
Mammography screening is the best method of early detection available for women aged 50 years and over. International studies have shown mammography screening reduces deaths from breast cancer by approximately 25-30 per cent among women aged 50-69 years – the target age group for the BreastScreen Australia program.
A breast cancer diagnosis can be a confronting and confusing time for a woman and her family. National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre provides a comprehensive range of resources free of charge to help women and their families through every stage of the cancer journey including:
• Guide for women with early breast cancer
• Cancer - how are you travelling?