Breast cancer prevention programs
It’s estimated that up to 40 per cent of breast cancers could be prevented by addressing modifiable risk factors, with women 50 and over also encouraged to have a screening mammogram every two years due to their increased risk.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council SA is able to offer a range of activities to support the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. We regularly attend events and present to community groups and workplaces to encourage all women to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including being ‘breast aware’ and participating in two-yearly mammograms when aged 50 and over.
We also support rural communities, working alongside BreastScreen SA to promote breast cancer screening when the mobile screening clinic is visiting regional areas. We actively seek opportunities to raise awareness through media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months which further helps to spread the word to the wider community.
Thanks to your support, Cancer Council SA has been able to partner with SA Health, Country SA PHN, Adelaide PHN and BreastScreen SA to develop a new, state-wide online campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer.
The screening rate for breast cancer through BreastScreen SA is currently 59 per cent for eligible South Australian women aged 50–74. Social marketing campaigns such as this are known to impact positively on screening rates, helping to save lives through early detection. Through your support, we will be able to continue to invest in campaigns like this in the future.
At least one third of cancer deaths in Australia are preventable, and while there are some cancer risk factors that we cannot control (such as age or family history), lifestyle has a big impact on cancer risk.
Through your support, Cancer Council SA is able to offer Cut Your Cancer Risk (CYCR) information sessions for workplaces, community, sporting and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups to help educate South Australians on how, through making healthy lifestyle changes, they can reduce their cancer risk.
CYCR presentations focus on prevention, cancer screening and modifiable lifestyle factors to reduce cancer risk. We also actively seek opportunities to raise awareness of cancer risk factors through media and social media campaigns, particularly during awareness weeks and months, to give all South Australians the best chance possible of a cancer free future.