Dear Editor,


October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This month provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among Australian women. Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Every week in South Australia, 27 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and four will die.

The good news is that around 90 per cent of cases are curable if detected early.

Cancer Council recommends that all women, regardless of age, be ‘Breast aware’, and to see a doctor as soon as possible if any breast changes are noticed.

Survival rates continue to improve in Australia with 89 out of every 100 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer now surviving five or more years beyond diagnosis.

This increase in survivors of breast cancer is thanks to advancements in research and prevention. This is why, this month, I’ve donated directly to Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon fund. The money raised will help Cancer Council fight cancer through prevention programs, support services and world-class cancer research.

Cancer unfortunately touches everyone’s life in one form or another, either directly or through the experience of family and friends.

If you want to donate you can do so at

Tony Pasin MP

Member for Barker