Although the majority of Australians diagnosed with breast cancer are women, many people are surprised to learn that men can develop breast cancer too. Breast cancer in men is rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cancers in men, and less than 1% of all breast cancers.
To help improve support and information for men with breast cancer, BCNA has produced Men get breast cancer too, a free information booklet.
Thought it was time to update my profile pic. It is coming up to 6 months since my last chemo and I am feeling fit and healthy. The hair is growing slowly but nowhere near as thick as it used to be. The colour is pretty much the same although I had been having blond foils for so long to cover the grey bits that it looks much darker than most people remember me being.
I'm in no hurry to start the colouring process again and don't really mind the grey bits for now. I'm liking the short length and think I will stick to a short style as it makes life simpler.
I am so thrilled to announce that our signature BCNA event the Field of Women is on in Melbourne on Saturday 10 May 2014!
It will be held before the evening match between Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs at the MCG.
Many of you will have stood on a Field of Women in 2005, 2007 or 2010 and know what an unforgettable experience it is.
Less than two months to go until Field of Women 2014! Everyone in the BCNA office is getting really excited - we can't wait!
Hopefully many of our members are excited too and planning is underway. We know many of you are talking with each other and make plans to attend on Saturday 10 May.
We understand you may have some questions about the event so encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.
Our FAQs covers a range of topics including:
I went to a Look Good Feel Better class today and it was fantastic. There was a variety of ages from all over the state and we had a ball. We got a bag full of make up, which we used and we had a play with wigs. It was really amazing how different you look with a wig on, there was lots of oooooo's and rrrrrrrr's and it was fun to try different colours and styles. Just wanted to let everyone know that if you get the opportunity to go DO IT, there were people at all the different stages of the journey and I enjoyed meeting some people my age. It really was a great day.
The day has arrived and I can't believe it. My last chemo is Tomorow morning and I feel anxious all of a sudden and I don't know why.
You will remember me in the early days and how distraught I was and how I couldn't see that light at the end, well that light is shining so bright and I can't believe I'm there.
Just can't shake the anxious feeling. I've adrenalin pumping but not sure if is from excitement, or happiness or just plain scared again. Weird I know.
So in the past 7 months I've had my breast cut off and a fake one put in it's place, been filled up with toxic chemicals that have reached every part of my body and had my aforementioned fake boob, my chest wall and my skin roasted to within an inch of its life...and probably mine.
Hello , I have been recovering well from my left breast mastectomy, I have to say I had a very fast recovering time. I could drive pretty much from the first week as I had full mobility of my arm and I had no trouble at all regarding healing. The only slightly painful thing is at my weekly visits to my surgeon to sirynge the fluids from my breast, but this week should be the last ( 3 in total ).
I accepted my appearances from the beginning , it really doesn't fuss me, I'm really just focused on healing and recovering.
Has anyone had touble with their feet going numb after pacapaxcil ive been told it could take 6 months to come back. Ive been on codaine since oct. so that I can still walk but Im sick of taken all the time. Also has anyone had a frozen shoulder after a mastomony?