October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of this disease.

“Breast cancer affects 1 in 7 women and is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in females”

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October the Australian Breast Care Centre (ABCC) will be running #CheckThoseBreasts campaign to promote the importance of awareness and early detection in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, and it is expected that 20,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year. Almost 1% of these will be male breast cancer.

“20% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are under 50 years.”

Compared to older women, young women generally face more aggressive cancers and lower survival rates. This is because the cancer in the younger age group tends to be biologically more aggressive. The importance of presenting early in these age groups may decrease the incidence of metastatic breast cancer at the time of initial diagnosis.

Most cases of breast cancer happen by chance, however, in some situations individuals can have harmful changes in specific genes, called pathogenic variants, that increase the risk of breast cancer. Approximately    5-10% of breast cancers are due to inherited pathogenic variants.

ABCC is extremely proud to be partnering with Genomic Diagnostics (Dorevitch) to provide educational and discounted testing to individuals who book a consultation and test during the month of October. This test identifies 12 genetic mutations, which increase the risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer in the individual’s lifetime. Most individuals with these mutations will develop breast cancer at a much younger age.

Genomic Diagnostics (Dorevitch) is offering a 10% discount on all tests (usually valued at $399). ABCC founder Dr Nicole Yap is also providing associated free pre and post consultation (usually valued at $200). This represents a saving of $239.90 for each individual test.

Additionally, ABCC is pleased to announce a ten-part episode series, with founder Dr Yap, host Wendy Squires and a group of Dr Yap’s brave patients. This series will explore the diagnostic and treatment journeys of these patients to promote the importance of awareness and early detection. It could save your life!

Tune into to learn more about Dr Yap and her courageous patients!

Episode 1: Oncoplasty with guest patients Ayda Hornack and Diane Appolis

When: Friday 1st of October

Where: www.australianbreastcarecentre.com.au

Dr Yap currently practices from St Vincent’s, Epworth, Holmesglen Private, Reservoir, and Mulgrave Private. For more information or to make an appointment today, please visit www.drnicoleyap.com.au. Get social with @DrNicoleYap #CheckThoseBreasts

Get social with @AustBreastCareCentre  #CheckThoseBreasts

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