Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of the cells in breast tissue ref=24363. These cells may to spread to other parts of the body. While both men and women can develop breast cancer, it is uncommon in men.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women but is less common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women than non-Indigenous women ref=31288. Despite this, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Indigenous women ref=26088 ref=33129. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women tend to get breast cancer when they are younger, have more advanced tumours when they get diagnosed, and are less likely to participate in breast screening programs than non-Indigenous women ref=33129.

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