WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and the second most common cancer to cause death in women, after lung cancer. (Pink Ribbon, 2018)
Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of the cells lining the breast lobules or ducts. These cells grow uncontrollably and have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, although it is uncommon in men. (Pink Ribbon, 2018)
In 2013, 15,902 women and 142 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 8 for women and 1 in 631 for men. (Pink Ribbon, 2018)
BREAST CANCER SYMPTOMS
Some people have no symptoms and the cancer is found during a screening mammogram or a physical examination by a doctor.
If you do have symptoms, they could include:
- new lumps or thickening in the breast or under the arm
- nipple sores
- nipple discharge or turning in
- skin of the breast dimpling
- rash or red swollen breasts.
Pain is rare. (Pink Ribbon, 2018)
CAUSES OF BREAST CANCER
Some factors that increase your risk of breast cancer include:
- increasing age
- family history
- inheritance of mutations in the genes BRCA2, BRCA1 and CHEK2
- exposure to female hormones (natural and administered)
- insufficient physical excercise
- alcohol consumption.
There is also an association with some benign breast disease and past exposure to radiation. (Pink Ribbon, 2018)
HOW CAN WE HELP?
HOW UNICORN SUPERFOODS IS SUPPORTING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
We will be donating $1 from every order made in the month of October for breast cancer which will go towards research for breast and womens cancers and other resources that is required for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP CONTRIBUTE AND RAISE FUNDS?
Simply by purchasing any product from our website in the month of October you are contributing towards support for those diagnosed with cancer, prevention programs, support services and world-class research.
To learn more about how you can get involved please visit: https://www.pinkribbon.com.au/get-involved/