Posted: October 2, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is yet another reminder to all women in Wannon they should put their health and well-being first.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan is urging women within Wannon to learn about breast cancer, and have regular breast checks to catch the disease early.

Early detection remains the best chance of survival.

It is important women of all ages self-check their breasts, and women aged 50 to 74 years take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation to free screening. Many women are still not participating in the free screening program, although it could save their lives.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer,” Mr Tehan said.

“More than 19,300 Australian women will be diagnosed with the disease this year and more than 3,000 women are expected to die from it.

“I strongly encourage all women in my electorate to take up BreastScreen Australia’s invitation to a free screening, which could end up saving their lives.”

The Morrison Government is strongly committed to reducing cancer’s toll on Australians. We are increasing our support to women to help them to reduce their risks and to survive breast cancer, including:

  • From 1 November, breast cancer scans and PET scans for advanced breast cancer will both be subsidised by Medicare, saving patients up to $1500 per scan.


  • The number of McGrath Foundation breast cancer nurses will increase from 57 to 98 by 2022-23.


  • The listing of Ibrance® (palbociclib) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, saving women with an advanced form of breast cancer around $55,000 for a year’s treatment.

All Australian women are encouraged to visit www.breastcancerriskfactors.gov.au  – to understand their risks better.

“This month is a great time for every woman to think about this disease, learn more about the risks and take action to protect herself.”

Media contact | Cate Mercer-Grant 0408 564 232