Preventative health checks become increasingly important as we age and while we’re often quite relaxed when it comes to booking them on time, the truth is that they could save your life.
Right now, more than 75 per cent of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, and an estimated 2,700 Australian women died from breast cancer last year– this is why the Australian government is reaching out to women everywhere with the free BreastScreen Australia service.
The risk of breast cancer increases dramatically with age and this has prompted the government to increase the invitation for free breast screening from women aged 50-69 to women aged 50-74.
Early detection is critical if we want to fight breast cancer. By extending the invitation, it’s estimated that the program will deliver up to 220,000 additional breast screening services over four years. This will result in around 600 potential detections each year, giving women a better chance of fighting breast cancer.
The earlier the cancer is detected, the less invasive treatment is required and it is often more effective. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, nine out of 10 women survive breast cancer when it is detected early and given treatment.
So the big question is, when did you have your last breast screen?
To give yourself the best chance of staying healthy and fighting breast cancer, you should undergo a breast screen every two years and should also stay aware of the signs and symptoms.
Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:
It’s important to constantly look for these and if you notice an abnormality or change, visit your GP straight away.
So make sure you aren’t late for your next screening by calling 13 20 50 and booking in.
Tell us, when was your last breast screen?
This article has been sponsored by BreastScreen Australia. It has been written by an independent, Starts at 60 writer as we feel it provides our readers with valuable and highly relevant information. To find out more about BreastScreen Australia or to book your next breast screen, call 13 20 50 or head to the BreastScreen Australia website by clicking here.