breast cancer health
Posted on October 16, 2023
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Understanding Breast Cancer Risk Factors & Taking Action

Breast cancer affects millions of lives worldwide, only in Australia 57 people have a breast cancer diagnosis every day and it doesn’t discriminate on gender… it is estimated that over 200 males received this diagnosis last year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to think of those who have been affected and a reminder to stay vigilant yourself.

Breast Cancer Risk Factors

A crucial step in the fight against breast cancer is understanding the risk factors that contribute to its development so we can take proactive steps towards prevention and, hopefully, the eradication of this disease.

Lifestyle Choices Matter
Some risk factors for breast cancer are within our control. These modifiable risk factors include lifestyle choices like alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight. By making informed choices and adopting healthier habits, we can reduce our risk of breast cancer. It’s a small yet significant step in the right direction.

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors
On the other hand, there are non-modifiable risk factors that we have no control over. These factors include being a woman, aging, and having a family history of breast cancer. While we can’t change these aspects of our identity, they provide essential insights into what might cause breast cancer and who is most at risk.

The Key to Prevention
Understanding both modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors is the key to effective breast cancer prevention. It’s about recognising the factors within our control and working towards healthier choices, while also being vigilant about the non-modifiable factors that highlight our personal risk profile.

Taking Action

There are a number of things you can to today to assist in monitoring this important area of your health.

  1. Breast examination can help early detection. We love this image from Know Your Lemons that illustrates the symptoms to be on the look out for.Know your lemons
  2. If you notice any changes, please make an appointment with your Evercare GP. Call the clinic now on 07 3608 1400 to make an appointment + existing members can make an appointment directly in your app.
  3. Are you a women over 40 who has no symptoms? You may be eligible for a free mammogram. Talk to your doctor about whether this is right for you.


    Our dedicated care team is here to help you take proactive steps towards a healthier future. Let’s work together to safeguard your well-being.