Breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Australian women.
To help mark Breast Cancer Awareness month, we have put together a list of some helpful resources for healthcare practitioners.
Talking points for patients:
- Be Breast Aware
- Early detection is key.
- There are many factors that affect a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. These include family history, hormones, exposure to tobacco smoke, and alcohol use. While it is true that men can also develop breast cancer, in 2014, they comprised less than 1% of cases.
The statistics in Australia show that 89% survive 5+ years after invasive cancer diagnosis.
Understanding Breast Cancer
This is a simple, easy-to-understand pamphlet from the Cancer Council with clear illustrations about breast cancer and how it can affect both women and men.
Breast Cancer Nurses
The McGrath Breast Cancer Foundation helps to fund nurses for patients and their families who are experiencing breast cancer. They provide physical, psychological and emotional support. The support is free of charge, whether you have health insurance or not.
(Five percent of sales of our examination GloveBoxes go to the McGrath Foundation.)
From Cancer Australia, this downloadable PDF contains a step-by-step guide for general practitioners investigating symptoms that could be breast cancer.
Follow-up care for women with early breast cancer following active treatment: a guide for GPs
This guide from Cancer Australia helps GPs to make follow-ups with patients who have already had active treatment for breast cancer.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women
- There are a number of specific resources on this page for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
- My Breast Cancer Journey, a guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
Where patients can find support:
Support services from the Breast Cancer Network of Australia including telephone counselling, peer support, practical and financial support.
This is a comprehensive and interactive calculator for women to calculate their own specific risk of breast cancer. It includes further information on each of the risk factors.
Breast Cancer Trials
Cancer Trials are carefully designed research studies. They aim to find out if a new treatment or procedure is safe and effective. There are studies conducted frequently and are specific to all different stages of breast cancer.
Fear of cancer recurrence in adult cancer survivors
Endorsed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian College of Nursing, and the Australian Psychological Society, these psychosocial recommendations exists to help health practitioners identify fear of adult cancer survivors of their cancer recurring.
In summary, there are many resources available for health and medical practitioners to help educate, inform, connect to relevant services, and alleviate uncertainty around breast cancer.