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Melissa was flying high and loving life. Working as a long-haul flight attendant, Melissa's life was full of fun, friends and adventure. As a young woman, she didn't think that it was possible to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Having spent two years living overseas, Melissa decided it was time to come back home to Australia so that she could be closer to her family.
She hadn't been back for long when one night, she felt a sharp pain and noticed a lump in her breast. She went straight to the doctor and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma - the most common form of breast cancer.
Melissa started her treatment quickly and after two operations, as well as chemotherapy, her future was looking bright again. That was until she had to pay another visit to the doctor - this time with her mother as the patient. And she too was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Watch Melissa and her mum's incredible story and remember that breast cancer doesn't discriminate.
HOW TO BE BREAST AWARE
Every adult should be breast aware. Breast awareness is being familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts, so that you can identify any unusual changes (such as a new lump).
Take the time to ‘get to know’ how your breasts normally look and feel through normal regular activities (such as showering, getting dressed, using body lotion or looking in the mirror). Early detection gives the best possible chance of survival if you are diagnosed with breast cancer. If you notice any changes in your breasts, see your doctor without delay, so that the changes can be checked by a health professional.
You don’t need to use a special technique, but ensure you look at and feel your breasts regularly. Make sure this includes all parts of your breast, your armpit and up to your collarbone.
Men can get breast cancer too. If you notice any new and unusual changes in your breasts it is important to see your doctor without delay, so that the changes can be checked by a health professional.