Kerri's Story

"If you don't make time, you may never have time"

Breast cancer survivor urges women to have their mammograms

On 23 April 2017, BreastScreen NSW broadcast ‘Kerri’s Story’; a TV campaign to encourage women aged 50-74 to have a potentially life-saving mammogram. The campaign features the story of Kerri Welsh, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram.

The campaign was on television from 23 April to 28 May 2017.

How did Kerri find her breast cancer?

  • Kerri didn’t have a lump, so her cancer could not have been detected by hand through breast self-examination.
  • Without her mammogram, the cancer would not have been detected until it was much more advanced.
  • On a number of occasions, Kerri had delayed the mammogram that ended up saving her life due to work commitments. She urges other women to not be complacent about prioritising their health.
  • The early detection of Kerri's breast cancer by mammogram improved her outcome - she lost her breast, but her doctor said that if she had left it much longer the outcome could have been much worse.

What can you do?

  • We urge any woman in NSW aged 50-74 who has not had a mammogram in the past 2 years to call BreastScreen NSW on 13 20 50 to book your free screening mammogram. 
  • Find out where your closest BreastScreen clinic is by searching the BreastScreen Directory.
  • An appointment at BreastScreen NSW only takes 20 minutes, the x-ray itself takes all of 5 or 10 minutes.

Where can I find more information about BreastScreen NSW?

Head to our homepage or follow BreastScreen NSW on Facebook or Twitter.


It’s a small investment in time that could save your life.


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