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