Discount Drug Stores is urging Australians to become educated on their breast health by launching its first Spotlight On Breast Health Clinics throughout 115 stores across Australia in August and September.
Discount Drug Stores professional services manager Casey Clark says the initiative will teach Australian women how to check their own breasts for changes and explain to them the different signs and risk factors to look out for, without a physical examination conducted in store.
“The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer is expected to rise to over 17,000 per year in five years time,” said Clark.
“We want to shine a spotlight on breast health and encourage Australian women to regularly conduct self-examinations at home.”
To help increase the number of breast care nurses across Australia, Discount Drug Stores will donate all funds raised from the clinics to the McGrath Foundation.
Customers who attend the clinics will be taught by a registered nurse how to conduct self examinations by using a silicone breast model so there is no physical examination involved.
Clark says the clinics have been designed to be quick and easy to fit into a busy day with each appointment taking as little as 15 minutes.
“Breast cancer affects people of all ages and in most cases, lumps or changes are discovered by the patient themselves or their own doctor,” she says, “which is why self examinations are so important. Just 15 minutes to check your breast health could make all the difference.”
The cost of running the breast health clinics will be funded entirely by Discount Drug Stores but consumers will be asked to make a donation to the McGrath Foundation, once booked into the clinics.
“We feel this is such an important public health message that we wanted to make this clinic free to the wider community, and encourage customers who attend to make a donation to the McGrath Foundation.
“We hope to raise enough money to ensure that the McGrath Foundation can support more families affected by breast cancer by increasing the number of McGrath Breast Care Nurses in the community.”
McGrath Foundation Director Tracy Bevan says the charity is grateful for the support of Discount Drug Stores.
“McGrath Breast Care Nurses help families through breast cancer by providing invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment,” says Bevan.
“We are proud to have funded over 105 McGrath Breast Care Nurses working nationally who, together, have supported over 36,0000 families in Australia experiencing breast cancer. Fundraising events like Discount Drug Stores’ Breast Health Clinics are truly helping us to make a difference.”
To support the McGrath Foundation, customers will be asked to make a donation to the worthy cause when booking into Discount Drug Stores’ Breast Health Clinics which run from August to October.