Did you know that approximately 660,000 Australian women have a greater risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer? You or a woman you love could be one of them.
In 2017, one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life, while ovarian cancer grips one in 81.
Today, I took an easy online test to know my risk. No needles or complicated medical terminology, just a smart phone and five minutes of my time.
Developed by Pink Hope in partnership with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the Know Your Risk tool identifies your risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer in the time it takes to grab your morning coffee.
The questionnaire uses your answers to a series of questions to estimate your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer as either average, moderately increased, or potentially high risk based on criteria outlined in Australian and international cancer guidelines.
Some of the questions you’ll be asked include your age, height and weight, if you’ve ever been told you have ‘dense breast tissue’, contraceptives use and family history among other contributing factors.
????So much love for this incredible human!!! . . The divine @sallyobermeder we are beyond thankful for your ongoing support of Pink Hope.. . . . “So proud to be a part of a new campaign by @pinkhopeaus amd @womensweeklymag – it’s the #knowyourrisk campaign. ???? Wondering what that means? Well did you know that in Australia right now, there are over 660,000 women who are at a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer? Many of them don’t know it, which is why the #KnowYourRisk campaign was started. ???????????? All you have to do is go to pinkhope.org.au/know-your-risk ???????????????? @womensweeklymag @pinkhopeaus #KnowYourRisk “ ~ Sally
The tool also suggests next steps for participants in each risk category – these too are based on clinical practice guidelines, the Pink Hope website explains.
The main guidelines used in the development of the Know Your Risk tool are:
- Australian Government, Cancer Australia. Advice about familial aspects of breast cancer and epithelial ovarian cancer: A guide for health professionals. Cancer Australia, 2015.
- The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice (9th edition). RACGP, 2016.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Clinical practice guidelines in oncology: Breast cancer risk reduction.NCCN, 2017.
Mamamia urges every woman to take this test, you can find it here. Then grab your friends, daughters, sisters, mothers and any woman you know, and get her to take the test too!
Listen: Sally Obermeder is a Pink Hope ambassador. Check out her conversation with Mia Freedman on No Filter…
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