Listen You Women, Your Breasts Are Precious (DVD) is the culmination of four years’ fundraising and perseverance by Bosom Buddies NT, an Alice Springs-based breast cancer support and advocacy group.
Our aims were to produce a resource for Aboriginal women in remote areas that encourages early detection and treatment, provides a better understanding of breast cancer and lets women who are diagnosed in the future know that they are not alone.
We were conscious that Aboriginal women have lower survival rates than women in mainstream society. We were also aware of the challenges regarding access to mammography screening and of being away from family and community for prolonged treatment and diagnostic processes. With access to screening an issue, Aboriginal women often present with cancer at a later stage. Those who are diagnosed often do not continue with cancer treatment.