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What you need to know about breast cancer

If you follow our blog then you would be aware that this month is Pink Ribbon month, which is a campaign that is all about raising awareness of breast cancer and teaching people about early detection and how they can reduce their risk of developing the disease.

Early detection of breast cancer is extremely important as women who are diagnosed at an earlier stage of the disease generally have higher survival rates than those with more advanced breast cancer.

So what should you be looking out for? According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation website the following could be early signs of breast cancer:

  • A lump, lumpiness or thickening of the breast.
  • A change in shape, crusting, a sore or ulcer, redness or inversion of the nipple.
  • Discharge from the nipple that is blood-stained, clear or occurs without squeezing.
  • Changes in the skin of the breast, such as any puckering or dimpling of the skin, unusual redness or other colour change.
  • Changes in the size or shape of the breast. This might be either an increase in size or a decrease in size.
  • Unusual and persistent pain that is not related to the normal monthly cycle and occurs only in one breast.

Visit your doctor if you notice anything that you’re suspicious of, and if you’re aged 50 to 69 then you are advised to go for a breast cancer scan every 2 years at one of the 500 BreastScreen locations across Australia.

Now that you know what to look out for, it’s important to also know what you can do to help reduce your breast cancer risk.

Unfortunately age and family history can be risk factors for developing the disease, but there are other risk factors related to lifestyle choices. According to Cancer Australia the following are risk factors:

  • Alcohol intake: Research has shown a strong link between alcohol and the risk of developing breast cancer. To reduce your risk of breast cancer, try to limit your alcohol intake to no more than two standard drinks a day.
  • Weight: Women who put on a lot of weight in adulthood, particularly after menopause, may have a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Not being active: Studies have shown that regular exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer. You don’t need to sweat it out at the gym to get the benefits. Moderate exercise, like a brisk walk, can be enough to reduce your cancer risk. And the more you do, the greater the benefits.
  • Not breastfeeding: Breast may be best for both you and the baby. The more months spent breastfeeding, the lower the risk of breast cancer.
  • Not eating well: A healthy diet, of at least five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit a day, may help to reduce your risk of cancer.

Professionals Fairfield Real Estate are committed to supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation in their mission to find a cure for breast cancer, but until a cure can be found it’s just as important that people are aware of what can be done to help prevent and detect breast cancer.

We hope that anyone who reads this will take the time to learn about their risks and to check for any changes in their breasts.

If you want to help support the NBCF you can list a home with Professionals Fairfield Real Estate (we donate a portion of every property sold to the NBCF) or you can head into our office to donate or to buy Pink Ribbon Merchandise.

You may also be interested in checking out Register4 if you would like to sign up to participate in breast cancer research.

 

Help Professionals Fairfield Real Estate raise funds for breast cancer research

October is a very important month for Professionals Fairfield Real Estate because it is a time when we ramp up our fundraising efforts to help our Diamond Partners, the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

A portion of every property sold by a Professionals Real Estate agent goes towards the NBCF, and as a group we are extremely proud to have raised more than $2.4 million for the charity so far.

The NBCF uses these funds to undertake important research which has so far helped lead to a greater understanding of breast cancer, as well as better therapies and an improved quality of life for those diagnosed with the disease.

But much more still needs to be known about breast cancer, and the Professionals will continue to stand by the NBCF until they reach their goal of  ‘Zero deaths by 2030′ and beyond.

During October’s Pink Ribbon Month, the Professionals group will be selling Pink Ribbon merchandise and holding fundraising events such as sausage sizzles, bake sales, auction nights, morning teas and gala events all across Australia.

If you would like to help us contribute funds to breast cancer research then you can drop into the Professionals Fairfield Real Estate office on 3/16 Nelson Street in Fairfield during October to make a donation to the NBCF or to buy Pink Ribbon merchandise.

We also encourage everyone to head to www.nbcf.org.au to see how your donations are helping in the fight against breast cancer.

Have you registered for Mother’s Day Classic yet?

Mother’s Day ClassicMother’s Day Classic is an annual fun run held in various locations around Australia to help raise funds for research into breast cancer prevention and treatment.

Since its inception in 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has helped raise $19.8 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), making it the largest fundraising event for breast cancer research in Australia.

Mothers Day Classic is for everyone – being that it is on Mother’s Day, mums are strongly encouraged to come along, as are dads, and the rest of the family too.

You can run the event and try to beat a fitness goal, or you can take it easy and just enjoy a leisurely stroll.

The fun run takes place all over the country, with the main event in Sydney taking place at The Domain from 6am on Sunday 11th May.

Professionals Fairfield Real Estate is a diamond partner with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and it is a cause that we feel extremely passionate about. Our office donates a portion of every sale to the NBCF and as a group, Professionals have helped raise more than $2,263, 997, and this number grows daily.

Our office strongly encourages everyone in the Fairfield community to join in on the event and to have a great day out with their friends and loved ones.

So why not help make this Mother’s Day memorable by registering and fundraising to help fight the battle against breast cancer?

To register for the Mother’s Day Classic 2014, and to find out all further details, head to www.mothersdayclassic.com.au.

 

Wishing Everyone in Fairfield a Happy and Safe Easter!

Easter in FairfieldOur team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate would like to wish all of the Fairfield community a very happy and safe Easter long weekend.

We’re sure a lot of Fairfield households will be looking forward to treating themselves to a few chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns this weekend, or maybe taking part in an Easter Egg Hunt or Easter games.

There’s also plenty of fun activities to take part in this weekend around Fairfield, so don’t forget to check out our blog “Easter School Holidays 2014 in Fairfield” for some great events to take the kids to this weekend. Fairfield Revealed opens this weekend at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery; so don’t forget to check that out too!

In whichever way everyone chooses to celebrate Easter in Fairfield, we hope that everyone has a great weekend.

Happy Easter, Fairfield!

Want Insider Advice on Everything Real Estate?

In this day and age many of us are expected to be experts at everything. Expert parents, experts at technology, health, cooking… everything!

When it comes to property, it’s the same story – you’re expected to make decisions like an expert when it comes to buying, selling, investing and renting.

To help make things easier, Professionals Real Estate have developed an online portal with a suite of fantastic guides, information booklets and videos that can be used by anybody who needs help making the best decisions possible when it comes to their next property move.

The www.REinsider.com.au website is a free community resource that offers plenty of hints, tips and up-to-date property information direct from industry insiders.

If you’re after information on how to buy a new property, sell your home for the best price, or pointers on investing and renting, then there is something in REInsider for you. The website offers new tips every week and you can even request a free property appraisal directly from the website.

REInsider has all of the latest information and it is live right now – so jump on over to www.REinsider.com.au to check it out.

Should You Fix Up Your Home Before Selling?

A common real estate question is whether or not to make improvements to a home before putting it on the market to sell.
 
The answer to this question can depend on a number of variables, such as the type of property you are selling, the street you live on and also the type of work that you would like to get done. Whether or not you actually have the money to invest in improving your property is another important question to ask yourself too.
 
There’s no denying that the better you present your home, the easier it will be to sell and the more you are likely to get for it, but in some cases, improvements will cost you more money than you are likely to get back.
 
If you are considering minor changes though, for instance re-laying carpet or re-painting, then this kind of small investment might pay off for you.
 
Presentation is a big thing when selling, so if you can make small improvements that can help make your home more visually appealing then they can be well worth it.
 
Before doing anything though, you’re best bet is to go and talk to your local real estate agent and ask them for their advice. They will not what sells in your area and what buyers are looking for, so that you can get a good idea of what you need to do to help make the most out of your property.
 
If you would like any further advice or you live in the Fairfield area and would like us to take a look at your property then please get in touch with one of the team at Professionals Fairfield Real Estate.