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Breast cancer awareness month now underway

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October 1 is the commencement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is yet another strong reminder to all Australian women they should put their health and well-being first, as early detection remains the best chance of survival.

It’s important for women of all ages to self-check, and those aged 50 to 74 years can take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation of a free screening. Many women are still not participating in the free screening program, although it could save their lives.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter today urged women within the electorate to learn about breast cancer, and have regular breast checks to catch the disease early.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,” Mr Porter said.

“More than 19,300 Australian women will be diagnosed with the disease this year and more than 3,000 women are expected to die from it.

“I strongly encourage all women in my electorate to take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation of a free screening, which could end up saving their lives.”

The Federal Liberal Government is strongly committed to reducing cancer’s toll on Australians. We are increasing our support to help women reduce their risks and to survive breast cancer, including:

  • From 1 November, breast cancer scans and PET scans for advanced breast cancer will both be subsidised by Medicare, saving patients up to $1500 per scan.

  • The number of McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurses will increase from 57 to 98 by 2022-23.

  • The listing of Ibrance® (palbociclib) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, saving women with an advanced form of breast cancer around $55,000 for a year’s treatment.

 Mr Porter encouraged all Australian women to visit Cancer Australia’s website - breastcancerriskfactors.gov.au – to better understand their own risks.

“We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Mr Porter said.

“This month is a great time to learn more about the risks and take action to protect oneself.”

The Government is committed to delivering a healthier Australia, and supporting Australians when they need it most.

Our plan for a strong economy continues to deliver record funding for essential health services that save lives.