Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis


When a doctor first says the word ‘cancer’, it’s usually a shock for the woman and those close to her. Women often feel overwhelmed, scared, anxious and upset after a diagnosis of breast cancer. These are all normal feelings. Sharing feelings, even painful feelings with others can help women cope with their diagnosis.

Cultural differences and breast cancer

How a woman responds to her breast cancer diagnosis will depend on a number of things, including her cultural background.

It can be helpful to talk to a member of the health care team about any cultural issues in relation to a diagnosis of cancer. Different culturally and linguistically diverse services and support are available in different communities. The local community centre or Migrant Resource Centre may be a helpful source of information. Indigenous women can seek further support from their local Aboriginal Medical Service or GP.

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