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Against breast cancer

Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate

 
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Our United Front uses the term ‘breast’ when referring to ‘breast cancer’. This is because breast cancer refers to cancer in breast tissue, which everyone has, regardless of gender.

We understand that some may find the term ‘breast’ a gendered word, or maybe even triggering, and not everyone identifies with having ‘breasts’. We use ‘breast’ in the non-gendered medical sense, referring to the technically correct term (breast tissue) and the type of cancer that affects this tissue (breast cancer).

This campaign strives to be inclusive and educate everyone in our LGBTQ communities about breast cancer and screening options. There is a comparable lack of research and data relating to the breast cancer risk and experience of trans and gender diverse people. As such, most of the data informing this website is based on cis women. We have, however, included the available information for trans and gender diverse people. See TGD Resources for more information.

 
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Did you know…

International research suggests that women in LGBTQ communities may have lower breast screening rates. There is also evidence that due to the unique ‘clustering’ of risk factors that women in LGBTQ communities experience, we may be at higher risk of breast cancer.

BreastScreen NSW data estimates that 2000 women aged 50-74 in NSW might have breast cancer and don’t know it. That’s because 400 000 women in that age group haven’t had a mammogram in the last 2 years.

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1 in 8 WOMEN will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women in Australia. Over 18,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Australia. Early detection is key to survival.

 

Family History

9 out of 10 WOMEN diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history.

Anyone with breast tissue can get breast cancer. That is everyone, regardless of family history, gender, identity or sexuality.

 
 

Unique

LGBTQ communities CAN experience a unique clustering of risks for breast cancer

This may put LGBTQ women at higher risk of developing breast cancer.

 
 

Where to next…

Our United Front is an ongoing breast screening campaign for LGBTQ communities. Our United Front aims to include and educate everyone who has breast tissue about the risks of breast cancer.

Join Our United Front against breast cancer.

 

make the call to screen

BreastScreen NSW recommends that cis women and trans women on hormones for 5+ years aged 50-74 screen every 2 years. Call 13 20 50 to book your screening.

want to know more?

Check out our FAQ & Resources pages.

Trans, non-binary and gender diverse people can read our TGD Resources for specific information about risks and screening which may vary depending on personal factors.

spread the word

Everyone with breast tissue is at risk of breast cancer.

Talk to your friends, family, partner/s, teammates and colleagues about the importance of regular screening for those aged 50-74.