Championing Breast Health on International Women’s Day: Insights from a Specialist Surgeon

8 March 2023

As a seasoned specialist breast surgeon specializing in oncoplastic surgery and the visionary founder of the not-for-profit charity Australian Breast Care Centre (ABCC), I was honored to address a dynamic gathering of 40 accomplished women. This assembly took place at the prestigious The Stables, where the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) hosted a women’s luncheon in celebration of #internationalwomensday23.

During this remarkable event, my charity, in collaboration with GeneType, extended a gesture of profound significance by offering $14,000 worth of genetic testing and consultations. This collaborative effort underscored our commitment to raising awareness and fostering proactive measures for breast health. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to the inspiring women who attended, lending their ears, sharing their stories, and advocating for comprehensive breast health for all.

The personal narratives shared during the luncheon resonated deeply with me. One poignant story revolved around a woman who tragically lost her mother at the young age of 39, while she herself was merely 15 years old. Another narrative highlighted the heightened breast cancer risk faced by women due to their nationality and inherited genetic mutations. The earnest curiosity displayed by attendees in seeking effective breast health management strategies resonated profoundly with me.

As the event unfolded, it was evident that these conversations were more than fleeting exchanges; they were moments of illumination and empowerment. Each pearl of wisdom shared was a step toward informed decisions and a proactive approach to breast health.

The statistic that “23% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are under 50 years of age” serves as a stark reminder of the challenges that lie ahead in our collective pursuit of awareness and advocacy. While strides have been made, much remains to be done, particularly in amplifying breast health knowledge and resources for women under 50.

Central to the mission of the Australian Breast Care Centre (ABCC) is the drive to elevate awareness, enabling early detection of breast symptoms. Our commitment extends to enhancing access to MRI and genetic testing, and advancing aesthetic outcomes in breast cancer surgery to support positive mental health, especially among the younger demographic.

The statistic that “Breast cancer affects 1 in 7 women and is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in females” is a stark reality that propels our dedication. I extend my gratitude to the EO for providing a platform of influence, with special acknowledgment to Kate Save from Be Fit Food for her role in the EO committee. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all who contributed to raising funds for ABCC during this event. Your support adds a crucial layer to our efforts in building awareness and preventing breast cancer – safeguarding the well-being of mothers, sisters, daughters, and cherished friends.

As International Women’s Day draws to a close, let us recognize that the pursuit of elevated breast health awareness remains a continuous journey. It’s a journey driven by the desire to empower and protect women’s health, and your involvement is instrumental in creating a brighter, healthier future.

For those compelled to join hands with ABCC in this important mission, your support would be deeply appreciated. To contribute, please visit: Donation Link.

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