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The signs of male breast cancer

Paying attention is vital: Professor Ian Olver of the Cancer Council. Photo: Sylvia Liber Breast cancer survivor: Nick Greiner in his Sydney office. Photo: Peter Braig
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The news this morning that former NSW premier Nick Greiner had cancer was shocking.

But many people, especially men, would have been even more surprised by the type – breast cancer.

“With someone prominent like Nick Greiner coming out, a lot of men are going to discover for the first time that they can get breast cancer,” says Cancer Council chief executive officer Ian Olver.

The signs, and treatments, are the same for men as they are for women, Professor Olver says, although exposure to radiotherapy on the chest or increased oestrogen levels will increase a man’s risk.

“You need to know what your body is like, and if there’s any change in your breast or any nipple discharge, do something straight away because it could be breast cancer,” he said.

Cancer Australia says there are five common signs of breast cancer in men.

The first, most common sign is a painless lump in the breast close to the nipple.

Other signs include:

• discharge from the nipple.

• change in the shape or appearance of the nipple.

• change in the shape or appearance of the breast, such as swelling or dimpling pain.

• swollen lymph nodes (glands) under the arm.

The Breast Cancer Network of Australia has just produced a new booklet for men, called “Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too”.

The reason men are also vulnerable is found underneath their nipples – men actually have milk ducts and some breast tissue, just like women.

But why? Evolutionary biologist Stephen J Gould once famously wrote an essay called “Male Nipples and Clitoral Ripples”, where he explained that we misunderstand evolution when we think every part of our body must have a purpose.

Men have nipples, and milk ducts and breast tissue, because women do, and we all evolve from the same embryonic structure.

The good thing for men who get breast cancer, and indeed women who get it as well, is that survival rates are high.

About 85 per cent of men who are diagnosed are alive five years later, while the five-year survival rate for women is nearly 90 per cent. The important thing is that men – and their doctors – realise it is even a possibility.

“In general, because there isn’t as much breast tissue in men, the cancer might be more obvious early on,” Professor Olver said. “But if you don’t think you can get breast cancer, you might not think about it.”

He says we are likely to see more men getting breast cancer as our population ages.

“The main feature [of male breast cancer] is age; it is a disease of the late 60s, and as the population ages you might expect some increase in male breast cancer,” he said.

“But I think [in Mr Greiner’s case], that you can be treated and go back to work again, is a very positive message, to see you can do pretty well.

“So this idea that it is always a death sentence will dissipate if people see stories like that.”

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A new super Power?

Last weekend saw the continued emergence of new, and to many, unexpected superpower in the AFL. Hawthorn and Geelong have long been held in high esteem for their ability to maintain their high quality lists and their ladder dominance, and yet it was the destruction of the latter on Sunday that heralded the arrival of a new team at the top – Port Adelaide.
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The Power surprised many last season when they turned from bottom dwellers to finalists in the blink of an eye, but this was no ‘overnight success’. The long term building of Port Adelaide can be traced back to 2006, even before their humiliating 119 point Grand Final defeat to Geelong. From here onwards the recruitment team has barely placed a foot wrong in building a list which, as the season progresses, looks to have all areas very well covered.

2006-2008 saw Port draft players such as Travis Boak, Robbie Gray, Justin Westhoff, Matthew Lobbe, Hamish Hartlett and Matthew Broadbent, all of whom have been key to the massive upswing in fortunes. The drafting of last season’s breakout sensations, Chad Wingard and Ollie Wines, in a time where the drafts were hugely compromised due to the expansion clubs, both appear to be recruiting masterstrokes. Add to this the canny trades that led to Jay Schultz, Brad Ebert, Angus Monfries and Jared Polec joining the revolution, and you can see why Port Adelaide are gaining momentum.

The rise of these players has duly caused a huge increase in their relevancy in Ultimate Footy too. Before last season, there were few Port players that were on the top of many Ultimate Footy shopping lists when it came to the pre-season draft. It’s a different story now. Captain fantastic, Travis Boak, has gone from a mid-range centre, to one who is on his way to becoming elite – taking his average from 83.7 in 2012 to 100.2 last year. Brad Ebert is arguably already there. The 24 year old averaged 62.7 in his last season at West Coast, but went on to average 99.1 in 2013 and is a fantasy stud so far this year with 117.8. Kane Cornes has come back from the fantasy brink proving that age is no barrier. With 79.1 in 2011, his fantasy relevance seemed to have gone. With 106.7 last year and 112.2 so far this season, he is one of the premium fantasy midfielders in the competition.

This is the thin end of the wedge when it comes to improvements. Port’s list has shown significant improvement across the board, and add to that the blistering starts players such as Chad Wingard and Ollie Wines have made to their careers, and you have a team with huge fantasy potential.  This is partly due to them having the third youngest team in the league, and partly due some significant ‘off-field’ recruiting.

The end of 2012 marked the appointments of arguably two of the biggest factors that have turned the Power’s potential into a reality. High Performance Manager, Darren Burgess, has received huge raps for the athleticism that he has injected into the club. His motto “you can run more than you think you can”, has obviously struck home with his charges, as they consistently run out games stronger than any other team. These siren to siren performances have meant that their players have been allowed to continue their intensity, and importantly for us, continue to rack up fantasy points. 2012 also saw coach Ken Hinckley appointed. The cohesive, exciting, attacking style of football that Port now play has more than a shade of Geelong, little surprise considering that Hinckley was assistant at the Cattery from 2004-2009. This fantasy friendly style of play sees them rank in the top 4 for kicks and uncontested possessions per game, and are second only to Geelong for inside 50’s and marks inside 50.

There are still many who wonder whether Port are still a flash in the pan, which can certainly work in favour of the astute Ultimate Footy coach. Due to their lower ‘brand value’, there is the distinct possibility that their players could still be traded relatively cheaply. Ebert for example, has the 5th highest average of all players to have played more than three games this year, and is scoring only 0.7pts per game less than Scott Pendlebury – more than 13pts more than the likes of Trent Cotchin or Jobe Watson. I would wager, however, that he wouldn’t been seen as valuable as any of those by many coaches.

I, for one, am willing to stick my neck out and say that Port are the real deal. With the list they’ve built, and the consistently improving performances, it’s no doubt that the future for Port Adelaide is very bright indeed. As a footy fan, I’m enjoying watching Port’s ascendancy into one of the sport’s big teams. As a fantasy coach I’m glad I stocked up on their players before the start of last season in my keeper league.

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10 burning questions for McLachlan

The 10 key issues new AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan must address:
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1. Strengthen the AFL’s relationship with the paying public

There is growing frustration over the rise in the cost of tickets (and the variable ticket pricing), food and drink.

2. Female representation

It’s time for the AFL to have more women executives.

3. Help the weaker clubs

Improved equalisation measures are a must to help the financially struggling and poorer-supported clubs.

4. What to do with Tasmania

McLachlan wants one team only in Tasmania. Could a semi-relocation be on the cards?

5. Fallout from Essendon

It remains to be seen if infraction notices are handed out. If so, this will be a huge early test for him.

6. A night grand final

Television executives want it to boost ratings. Will McLachlan budge?

7. Good Friday football

Debate rages but it’s time for the AFL to move with the times.

8. Grass roots

The AFL must keep a vigilant eye on struggling country and suburban clubs.

9. Player pay

The players want an increase in the average wage of more than $250,000 – but can the game afford it?

10. New Zealand

McLachlan says expansion into NZ with St Kilda is a priority but is this really going to work?

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Not fare: new myki card validators lack account balance information

The new myki gates that will be rolled out across the network. Photo: SuppliedNew myki card validators will not tell passengers what fare they have just been charged nor their account balance.
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Machines currently display a fare and account balance as passengers touch on and off to validate their ticket, allowing them to monitor their myki use as they go.

But new machines will now only tell passengers whether they have successfully touched on and off.

Mitcham, Springvale and Richmond stations will be the first to have the new gates, which will be progressively installed across the network.

Public Transport Users Association president Tony Morton said passengers would be distressed when they discovered they could no longer instantly monitor their fares and balance.

”I know that people do like to be able to get that feedback when they touch on their myki,”  Dr Morton said.

”People like to know when it is getting low, so they can tell when they need to top up or how much it is costing them as they go,” he said.

The new machines, which have red paddle turnstiles, will give passengers a tick or cross depending on whether they have been successful. They are said to operate much faster than existing machines.

Dr Morton said Victorians had an expectation that they would get a warning when their card balance was low – as with an e-tag, which will beep three times when a balance falls below a level acceptable to the operator, and four times if out of credit.

”There is no need to reinvent the wheel here,” Dr Morton said.

He said passengers needed a way to know when they should top up their account.

Dr Morton said a beep function on myki validators was used to tell whether a passenger paid a full fare or a discounted fair, but this should be adapted to tell passengers when their account was low.

”Knowing whether a fare is a discount or not is of no use to passengers,” he said.

He said one of the only ways passengers will be able to know their myki balance is by going online, which is not acceptable to everyone. Passengers could use myki readers, but these are not always available and some passengers have mistaken the readers for validators in the past.

Mitcham is due to get the new validators on May 5, Springvale on May 12 and Richmond on a date to be fixed.

A PTV spokesman said the new myki machines would be equipped to read 73 cards a minute while the older generation machines only scanned 52 cards a minute.

“The new myki gates are more robust and can be installed outside in the elements, are quicker, meaning more people can pass through the barriers, and are similar to existing gates so spare parts are common,” he said.

He said the screens would give information like “low balance” and a “negative balance” but not the dollar value left on the card. He said it would also show if a card was expired, and whether it had been properly validated.

“While these gates no longer display fare charge or balance information, customers can get this information at the blue myki checks and myki machines at every station,” he said.

“Customers can also obtain this information any time from their free online account,” he said.

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Commuters warned to brace for more peak hour chaos

Repair staff working to get the train network back on track for Wednesday’s evening commute. Photo: Robert GibsonMelbourne commuters are warned to brace for more peak hour trouble on Wednesday evening with major delays forecast on four train lines.
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The Cranbourne, Frankston, Pakenham and Sandringham train lines have all been severely affected by a fire in an electrical substation near Richmond station on Tuesday evening, causing commuter chaos and delays for commuters on their way home of more than an hour.

Metro trains most current advisory states that “damaged signalling cables has meant that we have to run a reduced service” on all four lines.

Metro spokeswoman Larisa Tait said delays were expected to extend into the evening on the Sandringham, Cranbourne, Frankston and Pakenham lines as Metro crews assess and attempt to repair the damage caused by the fire.

“Similar to this morning, all services on the Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston and Sandringham services will run direct from Flinders St to Richmond and will not run through the City Loop,” she said.

“We are advising our customers who normally travel from a City Loop station (Parliament, Melbourne Central, Flagstaff) to travel to Flinders St instead to catch their service.

“We’ve been installing new cabling throughout the day and into the evening, and once this is completed we need to carry out extensive testing.

“We are working towards having this all completed for the first service tomorrow, however we won’t be able to confirm this until we conclude testing tonight.

“We have fewer cancellations planned with delays of up to 20 minutes on the four affected lines during this afternoon’s peak and we expect services will be busy.”

About 50 replacement buses have also been operating across the network during the day and will continue into the evening peak.

A Yarra Trams spokesperson confirmed extra trams were running on routes 3, 6, 8, 70 and 72 to supplement the trains at Caulfield, Armadale, Hawksburn South Yarra, Glenhuntly, Richmond, Flinders Street and Toorak stations.

But there are signs Melbourne’s tram system is also being affected by the train chaos, with Yarra Trams suggesting passengers on St Kilda Road should walk to the Junction to increase their chances of catching a tram.

An MFB spokeswoman said that between 50 and 100 people were evacuated from a train at Richmond station about 8pm on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman said the fire was not being treated as suspicious and no injuries were reported.

Ms Tait said commuters should check Metro’s Twitter feed, and the Metro and PTV websites for further updates.

“We are very sorry and ask customers on the affected lines to allow extra time and be patient while we do our best to run as many trains and supplementary buses and work to resume services as quickly and safely as we can,” she said.

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Holman retires from Socceroos

Socceroos veteran Brett Holman in action in the clash against Iraq at ANZ Stadium last June. Photo: Dallas KilponenSocceroo Brett Holman will not make a second World Cup appearance after announcing his retirement from international football, effective immediately, on Wednesday.
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The 30-year-old attacking midfielder has not featured in the green and gold since the appointment of coach Ange Postecoglou last October and has decided to call time on his international career after 63 appearances for Australia. Despite not playing since the change of coaches, Holman was called up to the squad that played Ecuador in a recent friendly but was an unused substitute and it’s understood that he was not assured of making the provisional 30-man squad for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Holman says he will focus on his club commitments in the UAE where he is contracted until the end of the 2014-15 season.

“Over the past six months, circumstances have led me to re-think my international career and I have made the difficult decision to step aside from my role with the Socceroos. My priorities lie with my young family, and my focus from now on will be with my club Al Nasr. I’ve enjoyed a lengthy and challenging season in the Middle East, and the league over here continues to go from strength to strength. It has been a great honour and privilege to play for Australia, and to represent one’s country is every footballer’s dream. I am proud of my achievements and I take with me many happy memories of my time with the national team.

“Growing up in Croydon Park, I would never have imagined scoring twice in a World Cup. The players that I’ve played with and the staff of the Socceroos have been fantastic and I have made some great friendships that I’ll have for a lifetime. I’d like to wish the current playing group every success, and I look forward to seeing them do the whole nation proud in Brazil and beyond. Finally, I’d like to thank my mum and dad who have supported and inspired me from day one, as well as my wife and kids who are always there for me.”

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Galapagos Tortoise births at Dubbo zooPHOTOS

Taronga Western Plains Zoo keeper Nick Hanlon holds two two-month-old Galapagos Tortoises while supervisor Jennifer Conaghan holds three-year-old NJ and pats an adult male tortoise. Photo: LOUISE DONGESTaronga Western Plains Zoo are celebrating their most recent additions, with a pair of Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings born in January doing well.
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They will grow to weigh more than 300 kilograms when they reach full size but for now the pair weigh just 110 grams and can fit in the palm of your hand.

It will be approximately 20 to 25 years before they reach adult size.

The duo, who are yet to be named, are currently being kept in an off-display area that is temperature controlled to ensure conditions are just right.

Galapagos Tortoise births at Dubbo zoo | PHOTOS Taronga Western Plains Zoo are celebrating their most recent additions, with a pair of Galapagos Tortoise hatchlings born in January doing well. Photo: LOUISE DONGES

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Government promises 78 new CFA vehicles

BOOST: The state government will include more than $29 million for the Country Fire Authority in next week’s State Budget.MORE than $29 million will be allocated to the CFA in next week’s State Budgetfor the purchase of 78 new vehicles
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Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells said theinvestment wouldinclude74 medium tankers and four prototype vehicles.

The prototypes featurea medium pumper, heavy tanker, breathing apparatus truck and a heavy sand tanker.

“The coalition government will provide an investment of $17.2 million, in addition to CFA’s2014-15 budget allocation for the CFA to purchase firefighting vehicles,” Mr Wells said.

Mr Wells said the government was committed to ensuring Victoria’s emergencyservices personnel were equipped to respond safely and effectively to emergencies.

“CFA firefighters hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Victorians. They selflesslygive their time to keep people and property safe,” he said.

Mr Wells said the government continued to provide additional resources to the CFA andother volunteer emergency services organisations through the Volunteer Emergency ServicesEquipment Program,with a further $12.2 million, matching thatdeliveredlast year.

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PHOTOS: MDFL football/netball action – Rd2

PHOTOS: MDFL football/netball action – Rd2 Mark Bradshaw was a bit late to stop James Dalkin marking the ball.
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Ryan Cullen shoots a handpass to Shannon Notting.

Brett Bulger and Brett Dowie in a marking contest.

Eagles’ recruit Joel Turner about to snatch the ball.

Adam Taylor centers the ball.

Brett Bulger with the snap.

A good grab by young gun Ben Robertson.

The ball was in safe hands with Joey Ducic.

BJ Burton gets a kick away for Great Western.

New addition to the Eagles team, Erin Hinchcliffe.

Chloe Dunmore found herself in a Great Western sandwich in her A Grade debut.

Jo Aitken and Toni Chegwin contest the ball.

Jo Aitken fires a pass to Claire Ralph.

Alana Jenkins has the height on Jess Williams.

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Labor elder John Faulkner announces retirement

Senator John Faulkner is bowing out of politics. Photo: Andrew MearesLabor Party elder and reform campaigner John Faulkner has announced his will not seek another term in the Senate when the party’s New South Wales branch calls for nominations on Friday.
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The former Labor leader in the Senate has decided to bow out when his term ends in 2017, saying that to seek a further six-year term would be “an indulgence”.

But the decision to bring on the preselections ensures that they will be conducted under rules that Senator Faulkner has attacked as enfranchising only factional leaders.

Senator Faulkner will move at the party’s July conference, which will decide the party’s 2017 Senate ticket, for future NSW Senate and Legislative Council candidates to be determined by a ballot of the full party membership.

In a statement on his website, he expressed his gratitude to those who had trusted and supported him since he entered the Senate in 1989. Over a quarter of a century, he served as a cabinet minister in three Labor governments and as a senator under eight Labor leaders.

“Neville Wran nailed it when he once said that no one of us could ever claim to have given more to the Australian Labor Party than any of us had received from it. That is certainly true in my case,” Senator Faulkner said.

Aside from his work in several portfolios, including defence and the environment, Senator Faulkner forged a reputation for forensic questioning of those who appeared before Senate estimates committees.

He was described on Thursday by former party heavy weight and fellow inquisitor in Senate hearings, Robert Ray, as Labor’s “tower of strength” in the Senate, and one who played a critical but largely unrecognised role in the party’s recovery from the 1996 election defeat.

Senator Faulkner was also a confidant of several Labor leaders, regularly travelling with the leader as an adviser during election campaigns, and a Labor historian, forging a close friendship with Gough Whitlam.

“Although I am today giving notice of my intention not to renominate for the Senate, I do intend to continue representing – in ALP forums, in the community at large, and while I remain in the Parliament – the interests of the Labor Party, its membership, and those supporters who still vote for us,” Senator Faulkner said.

Declaring that his commitment to party reform and internal renewal remained undiminished, he vowed to argue forcefully for rule changes to address internal corruption and to “open up the closed factional processes of selecting Senate and NSW Legislative Council candidates”.

“No issue is more critical for Labor in NSW,” he said.

Labor’s NSW general secretary, Jamie Clements, defended the decision to proceed with Senate preselections. “It’s just a matter of getting candidates sorted early and getting people out in the field,” he said.

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