"By 2015, 15,409 women are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every year – an average of 42 women every day."- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2009
October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I've been reading up on alot of scary statistics lately. Being a young Aussie woman (like many of you too), the current figures show that 1 in 9 of us will develop breast cancer in our lifetime*. One in nine! Think about your girlfriends, your work mates, your sisters- that one in nine sure adds up fast doesn't it?
What about these facts:
- Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Australian women
- On average, in 2009, seven women died per day from breast cancer
- Men can also be affected by breast cancer, with 1 out of 125 cases male
* sourced from: The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre Breast cancer in Australia: an overview, 2009. Cancer series no. 50. Cat no. CAN 46. Canberra: AIWH, 2009.
Monday the 24th of October is Pink Ribbon Day. I'll be out in force with my pink ribbon proudly displayed. Early detection and continued research is our best bet for a cancer free future; so spread the word and lets save the ta ta's!! :)
If you want to get involved with fund raising for this awesome cause, check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For tips on self-examination and information about mammograms and screening, go to www.breastcancer.org and get info-ed up!