More Queensland women are participating in breast cancer screenings than the national average, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Each year in Queensland approximately 2,900 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with breast cancer being the most common cancer afflicting Australia women.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the newly released figures were a promising trend for the survival of women diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We’ve seen a significant drop in breast cancer mortality from 48 deaths per 100,000 women in 2007 to 44 deaths per 100,000 women in 2011,” Ms Clift said.
“Being breast aware and participating in regular screening can ensure early detection, and save lives.”
Cancer Council Queensland suggests all women aged 50-74 should have a mammogram every two years through the BreastScreen Queensland program.
A previously released Cancer Council Queensland study indicated that women screened by BreastScreen Queensland had higher survival rates than women who were not screened, even after adjusting for tumour stage.
“Women whose breast cancer is diagnosed through a breast screening program tend to have a better prognosis because they’re detected at an earlier, less-advanced stage,” Ms Clift said.
Cancer Council Queensland is calling on all Queenslanders to unite in pink this month to support the one in six Queensland women who will be diagnosed with a form of women’s cancer during their lives.
“We want all Queenslanders to get involved in a range of pink events – from registering to host a Girls’ Night in or Pink Ribbon fundraiser to buying pink merchandise, donating or volunteering on Pink Ribbon Day on Monday October 27,” Ms Clift said.
“All funds raised support our vital work in women’s cancer research, education and support programs.”
For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness month or Pink Ribbon Day, please go to pinkribbon.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85.