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Aboriginal women are less likely to survive breast cancer than non-indigenous women which has prompted a new social media campaign to try to increase early detection.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Australian women yet Indigenous women are 16 per cent less likely to survive compared to others.

Cancer survivor and Indigenous woman, Jacinta Elston from Cancer Australia, said Aboriginal women tend to put off going to the doctor about breast changes and often do not stick with treatment.

"The rates of breast cancer for our community are quite significant and we have much poorer outcomes in terms of survival," Professor Elston told the ABC.

"We really need to increase the conversation and awareness in our communities."

 

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[Source: ABC]

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