Youngest Australian breast cancer patient urges women to be ‘breast aware’ this October

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A Gold Coast woman who became the youngest Australian to be diagnosed with breast cancer is urging all women to be ‘breast aware’ this October, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bianca Innes was just 20 years old when she was diagnosed with a large, aggressive and fast spreading
tumour in her breast in 2017. It was larger than 4 centimetres and had spread to the lymph nodes under
her arm.

“That moment was an incredibly difficult time for me and my family and it was certainly not something I
was expecting to experience while I was so young,” Bianca said.

“I want women of all ages to know that breast cancer can happen to anyone. While the month of October reminds us all to be breast aware, it is important to always listen to your body.”

The latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures estimate this year, 19,371 women in Australia
will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the most common cancer affecting women and nine in 10 of
those diagnosed will have no family history.

Radiologist Dr Jacqui Milne from The Women’s Imaging Centre at Southport performed Bianca’s core
biopsy, and said Australia’s improving survival rate for breast cancer can be attributed to early detection.

“Regular self-examination is the key to early detection, and it is recommended women start screening
from the age of 40,” Dr Milne said.

“You should see your doctor if you notice a lump or have any concerns, no matter your age or family
history.”


Source: The Women’s Imaging Centre

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