Today is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Living Well, Your Way”.
With 20,458 women and 217 men expected to receive a diagnosis in 2023, raising awareness around the different support and resources available to help people live well with or beyond breast cancer is essential. The theme recognises that many people struggle to ‘live well’ following a diagnosis of breast cancer and that a quality lifestyle looks different for different people.
“Living well looks different for everyone, and it is likely that people affected by breast cancer will require different types of support at different times,” said Breast Cancer Network Australia CEO Kirsten Pilatti.
“It means seeing the whole person, rather than the disease.”
Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Australia’s leading consumer breast cancer organisation BCNA will share information about different resources available, across topics such as psychosocial support and exercise. We will also share personal stories from members of our network about what helps them to live well.
“Living well with and beyond breast cancer includes everyone and focuses on thriving rather than just surviving,” Ms Pilatti said.
“Everyone deserves the right to a healthy and fulfilling life after a breast cancer diagnosis.”
BCNA offer trusted information and a variety of resources – from a free Helpline, podcasts/webcasts, My Journey, Service Finder, and an Online Network to connect with others – which can all be accessed when and where they are needed via BCNA’s newly refreshed website at www.bcna.org.au.
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