Media Release - Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins October 1


Federal Member for Hasluck

Minister for Indigenous Australians


   2 October 2019



October 1 is the commencement of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is yet another strong reminder to all Australian women they should put their health and well-being first.

Early detection remains the best chance of survival.

It is important women of all ages self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74 years take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation of a free screening. Many women are still not participating in the free screening program, although it could save their lives.

Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt, urged women to learn about breast cancer, and have regular breast checks to catch the disease early.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,” Mr Wyatt said.

“More than 19,300 Australian women will be diagnosed with the disease this year and more than 3,000 women are expected to die from it. I encourage all women to take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation of a free screening, which could end up saving their lives.”

The Morrison Government is committed to reducing cancer’s toll on Australians. Support measures include:

·         From 1 November, breast cancer scans and PET scans for advanced breast cancer will both be subsidised by Medicare, saving patients up to $1500 per scan.

·         The number of McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurses will increase from 57 to 98 by 2022-23.

·         The listing of Ibrance® (palbociclib) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, saving women with an advanced form of breast cancer around $55,000 for a year’s treatment.

Minister for Health, Greg Hunt encouraged women to visit Cancer Australia’s website - – to better understand their own risks.

“We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Minister Hunt said.

“This month is a great time for every woman to think about this disease, learn more about the risks and take action to protect herself.”

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