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BCNA News 17 Oct 2017

BCNA celebrates inaugural Male Breast Cancer Awareness Day

BCNA is raising awareness that men get breast cancer too by launching Australia’s first Male Breast Cancer Awareness Day on 20 October 2017.

This year it is expected that 144 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While this is a small proportion of the total number of people diagnosed – less than 1 per cent – it’s a diagnosis that can bring very specific challenges for men.

BCNA CEO Christine Nolan said men who are diagnosed with breast cancer often face a unique set of challenges.

‘Men face poor access to clinical trials and stigma in the community when they tell people about their diagnosis, because breast cancer is often considered a “woman’s disease”,’ Christine said.

‘Men also tend to be diagnosed at a later stage due to low public awareness that men can get breast cancer and this can often lead to a poorer prognosis,’ she said.

In 2016 BCNA consulted with men diagnosed with breast cancer to learn about their needs and what more could be done to better support them. As a result of this project, BCNA has tailored its My Journey Kit to include a copy of Professor John Boyages’ book Male breast cancer: taking control as well as BCNA’s Men get breast cancer too booklet.

‘We are really pleased that our consultation project has fostered opportunities for Australian men with breast cancer. More of our male members are becoming powerful advocates for Australian men with breast cancer and there is no doubt this will positively impact the cancer journey for other men who are diagnosed,’ Christine said.

BCNA will be promoting Male Breast Cancer Awareness Day on its social media channels and encourages the community to share posts and tweets to help raise awareness that men get breast cancer too.

If you’re a man with breast cancer, you can find information and support through BCNA’s Breast cancer in men page.