It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one of Cancer Council SA’s Aboriginal Ambassadors, Patricia Clarke, is sharing her story to encourage other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to take part in the free breast cancer screening program.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in South Australian women, with more than 1,300 South Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Thanks to advances in early detection and treatment, the five-year relative survival rate for breast cancer is 91 per cent.
All South Australian women aged 50 – 74 are encouraged to book in for regular, two yearly screening mammograms through BreastScreen SA, and women aged 40 and over are also eligible.
Thanks to Patricia for sharing her story and helping get the word out about why screening is so important.