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What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a collection of cells in the breast tissue that grow in an uncontrolled way.

There are several types of breast cancer, depending on where the cancer is within the breast, or if it has spread to an area outside the breast.

You can read more about the different types of breast cancer on the Cancer Australia website.

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1 in 7 women in NSW will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 1548
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More than 75 % (per cent) of women diagnosed with breast cancer are aged over 50. 1518

How common is breast cancer in NSW?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in our state, with 1 in 7 women in NSW developing breast cancer in their lifetime.1548

Having a regular screening mammogram is the most effective way to find breast cancer early in women aged over 50.


Why is early detection of breast cancer so important?

The best time to treat breast cancer is when it is still very small – which is why regular screening mammograms are so important. Attending your 20-minute breast screen appointment every two years could literally save your life!

Most women who are diagnosed with a breast cancer when it is still small can return to their normal lives after successful treatment.

You can find out more about early detection in our brochure, Early Detection is Vital


Where can I get more information about breast cancer?

You’ll find a wide range of breast cancer statistics and facts on the Cancer Australia website.