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Breast cancer: what you need to know

Early detection of breast cancer provides the best chance of survival. From knowing your risk to checking for symptoms, it’s important to be informed, aware and proactive.

This section provides plenty of useful information on symptoms, risk factors, and detection for anyone who may be looking to learn more.

You can read more about the research NBCF is funding to better understand and improve the outcomes for breast cancer here.

Breast anatomy and how cancer starts

Understanding the anatomy of the breast is helpful for understanding why cancer starts here.
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Risk & Prevention

Find out about your risk of developing breast cancer, what you can do to lower your risk, and how research may help overcome risk factors in future.
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Detection

Early detection saves lives. Read here to find out how breast cancer is detected and how research is helping to enhance screening tools.
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Men and breast cancer

Men also have breast tissue and do get breast cancer. Find out more about the treatment and support for men with breast cancer.
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What is metastatic breast cancer?

Metastatic breast cancer, also known as secondary breast cancer, advanced breast cancer or stage 4 breast cancer, occurs when the tumour spreads beyond the primary site of the breast. Breast cancer originates in the breast, and can be treated with su ...
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Symptoms of metastatic breast cancer

Secondary (metastatic) breast cancer has very different symptoms depending on where the cancer has spread to. We go through what women might experience.
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Breast cancer in young women

Over 800 young women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Australia. That’s more than two women under 40 years old each day. Because it’s relatively uncommon, symptoms of breast cancer in young women – such as a lump or breast pain ...
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Personalised treatment

Breast cancer is a disease of the genes. Through the sequencing of the human genome, we now have a much greater understanding of breast cancer at the genetic level. This has led to the discovery that breast cancer is, in fact, not one disease but man ...
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Quality of life

Early detection saves lives. Read here to find out how breast cancer is detected and how research is helping to enhance screening tools.
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