Breast Screen NSW has revealed there could be more than 2000 women in NSW who have breast cancer but don’t know it.

Breast Screen ambassador Jean Kittson said.

“The results are disturbing considering more than 900 women die from breast cancer each year,” Breast Screen ambassador Jean Kittson said:

Breast Aware Australia founder Maralyn Young said she was shocked by the number of young people who think breast cancer won’t affect them. She conducts her own workshops to educate women and men on the importance of checking their breasts.

“Young people need to learn how to properly check for lumps from a young age, so that when they get older they know the importance of breast cancer and they can detect it early,” she said.

Maralyn Young will conduct a workshop at the Lotus Wellbeing Centre in Wollongong from 10am tomorrow (Thursday), 7 April). She will provide information about breast cancer, the importance of knowing how to check for lumps and how to support people who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the major causes of death for Australian women, but early detection has lifted breast cancer survival rates to a 98 per cent high.