BREAST CANCER PREVENTION THROUGH RISK ASSESSMENT

BREAST CANCER PREVENTION THROUGH RISK ASSESSMENT

With 53 Australian women being diagnosed with breast cancer every day and over 3,000 dying from the disease each year, there is an urgent need to reduce the number of women developing breast cancer in the first place.

“Every day, I see women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Some of them might have avoided their breast cancer had they had the opportunity to use a tool like iPrevent.”


Professor Kelly-Anne Phillips, NBCF-funded researcher

There are many ways that women can reduce their risk of developing breast cancer and it’s important that these options are known and available across the entire population, regardless of geographical or socio-economic situation.

As an NBCF-funded fellow, Professor Kelly-Anne Phillips has developed a web-based tool called iPrevent which is designed to help all Australian women to know and appropriately manage their personal breast cancer risk.

NBCF has now provided additional fellowship funding to further refine breast cancer risk assessment so that prevention strategies can be best targeted.

Professor Phillips will also seek information directly from women and their clinicians about why some women do not utilise breast cancer prevention and screening options. Understanding these barriers is the first step to breaking them down and will enable more women to access the benefits of 21st century breast cancer prevention knowledge.



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“Cancer treatment can be distressing - the iPrevent web tool personalised to my circumstances would motivate me to look at how I can address breast cancer prevention to try to stop cancer in its tracks.”

Jo, diagnosed 2014

MORE ABOUT JO

In 2014, Jo was diagnosed with breast cancer at 39 years old. After having the cancer removed, Jo fell pregnant with her baby daughter. But Jo’s surgeon found another tumour just five months after she gave birth.

She started chemotherapy, had a double mastectomy and is now getting back to her usual lifestyle.

“I count myself one of the lucky ones, it was caught early and I’ve come out well after my treatment and had a lot of support,” Jo said.

“I experienced breast cancer at a time where the research had progressed considerably which I am grateful for.”

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