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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Professionals

Breast cancer is the most common cancer experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer.

Whilst survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer have improved considerably since the 1980s, research shows that survival is lower in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer than in the general population. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are much less likely to participate in breast screening than women in the general population.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer.

Whilst survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer have improved considerably since the 1980s, research shows that survival is lower in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer than in the general population. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are much less likely to participate in breast screening than women in the general population.

Cancer Australia is committed to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to provide women with important information about breast cancer awareness, early detection as well as breast cancer treatment and care.

Cancer Australia is working on a number of important initiatives to reduce this disparity and improve survival outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Well Women Workshops Community Education Resource

Well Women Workshop Community Education Resource (pdf 2mB) is a resource that aims to support health organisations and individual health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to promote breast cancer awareness through locally-run workshops.

The workshop for well women promotes breast awareness and the importance of early detection in surviving breast cancer, encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to be proactive about breast health.

The resource includes advice for the workshop organiser, presenter notes, resources to organise and run the workshop, including the What every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman should know DVD, and health promotion materials such as the Looking after your breasts flyer (pdf 1mB).

The resource has been developed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and Indigenous women to ensure the information is delivered in a culturally-appropriate manner.