Marian's story

Marion

“A breastscreen is part of life and taking care of yourself.”

As you get older you want to make sure that you're healthy on the inside as well as the outside. As a woman, having a breastscreen is one of the things you do to look after yourself so you can live a long and fulfilling life. It's as simple as that.

I know everyone is busy these days but saying you haven't time to have a breastscreen is a bit of an excuse, I think. It's funny how some women can find time to get their hair or nails done but not their breastscreen. The way I see it, it's less about time and more about responsibility: it's my responsibility to do all I can to keep safe and well.

I don't have a family history of breast cancer but I know having regular breastscreens are still necessary. I came from an ethnic background and had quite a sheltered life growing up. My mother and grandmother were from a time when women didn't talk about women's health issues and talking or showing intimate body parts was considered rude. It wasn't like there were brochures, tv advertisements and things to help women know about what they should and shouldn't be doing and what health services are available. As a young woman, I had to educate myself and create my own awareness about when and how to look after my health. For me, it started with getting married and having a family. I think when your children are grown up or you reach menopause are other big times in a woman's life when she refocusses on her health.

I can recall going to have my first breastscreen and not knowing what to expect but I didn't feel uncomfortable and I wasn't embarrassed at all. Yes, having children changes all that. Some of my smaller-breasted friends say it's uncomfortable for but I'm relatively big breasted, so maybe that why it hasn't been a problem for me. I'm not sure. Either way, I'd still go. I have four daughters and I've tried to make sure they've grown up comfortable about their bodies. I've tried to instil in them that doing things like having Pap smears, and breastscreens, when they're older, is all part of life and taking care of yourself.

Last reviewed 04 May 2017 Last updated 04 May 2017

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