Hervey Bay Independent : 7 January 2016
Hope in hard times MORE than 15,000 Australians were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and to support those living on the Fraser Coast, the McGrath Foundation has appointed a new specialist breast care nurse based at Hervey Bay Hospital. Megan Lynch has been a nurse for more than 30 years, twothirds of which were spent in the fi eld of maternal and child health right here on the Fraser Coast. For Megan, the move to become a breast care nurse came from a special place in her heart devoted to those going through the darkest times of their lives. “I’m constantly inspired by the women I work with,” she told the Indy. “In the McGrath breast care nurse role, I see the one difference I make as having a meaningful relationship with the patient and their family where they can rely on me to be there for them. “It’s quite challenging and demanding, but it’s also a very fulfi lling role.” As a breast care nurse, Megan provides invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support to local families experiencing breast cancer. The service is provided free of charge and can be accessed through self-referral. Hervey Bay has had a breast care nurse since 2009, a role that has supported more than 800 local families in that time. It costs about $380,000 to place a McGrath breast care nurse in the community for a three year period. Survival rate is on the rise EARLY detection and targeted treatments for breast cancer have seen a steady increase in survival rates in recent years. Hervey Bay McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Megan Lynch said the fi ve year survival rate in Australia was around 90% today. “Breast awareness is really the key, and the earlier we are familiar with what our breasts feel like normally, the sooner we can pick up on anything that doesn’t feel right,” she said. “If there is a problem; the earlier it’s identifi ed, the better the outcome.” The McGrath Foundation has a simple process to encourage all women and men to be breast aware: • Look – at the shape and appearance of your breasts and nipples in the mirror with your hands by your sides. Raise your arms above your head and have another look. • Love – your pair. Feel all of your breasts and nipples, looking for anything that isn’t normal for you. Feel from your collarbone to below the bra-line, and under your armpit too. • Learn – what is normal for you? Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes, so get to know your normal. See your doctor if you notice any changes. Women aged 50 and over should have a mammogram every two years since this is the most effective detection method currently available for women aged 50-69. Women aren’t the only ones who can be diagnosed with breast cancer - in fact, around three Fraser Coast men will be diagnosed every year. Proudly serving Hervey Bay since 1989 Jewellers Shop 2C, 139 Boat Harbour Drive, Pialba [next to NAB], HERVEY BAY QLD Ph: 07 4128 3326 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.haighsjewellers.com.au BOOK NOW FOR SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES Thursday 14th January, 9:30am & 11.30am Make your own fairy or dinosaur garden $20 All products included don't forget, Social Saturday 10am 9th January 2016 Plants Plus Possum Paradise 82 Boundary Road, Urangan Ph (07) 4125 3058 Hervey Bay Independent, January 7, 2016 | 9 New patients welcome New, modern premises Easy off street parking Bulk Billed Medicare referrals HICAPS available Blair Middlemiss Physiotherapist Flexible appointment times All referrals accepted One on one, hands on treatment 2/6 Liuzzi Street, Pialba | Ph 4128 1703 www.bodyinmotionphysio.com.au t f Find us on OPEN 7 DAYS ALL DAY SPECIALS FROM $8.50 LUNCH 11.30AM-2.30PM | DINNER 5PM-LATE BYO ALCOHOL ONLY | GLUTEN FREE AVAILABLE HOME DELIVERIES AVAILABLE 4194 2883 4194 2881 FRASER ISLAND The ONLY stockists of our local Cultured Pearls. Stocks are limited.
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