by Dr Vanessa Atienza-Hipolito, Founding Member, The Brilliant Foundation
COTTESLOE, WA - In Australia, more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before. According to Cancer Council, Australia has one of the best breast cancer survival rates in the world. The five-year breast cancer survival rate for women with breast cancer is 91%. Thanks to advancements made through clinical trials, research, advanced treatments, preventions, and screening techniques are available now.
My mission is to educate women so that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage, stage zero or one before it gets to stage three or four. As you know, the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing. Like me, I am directly and indirectly affected by breast cancer. I have relatives and friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm sure, there are a lot of people in our community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who knows someone who died of breast cancer.