Charmaine's story


“I learnt about BreastScreen through word of mouth.”

"I learnt about BreastScreen Queensland through word of mouth from a work colleague and made an appointment because I felt it was time for me to go.

I know a lot of women get scared or anxious about their breastscreen but I'm not one of those people. I think it is better to be safe than sorry and I'd say to women just to bite the bullet and go for it – make an appointment and have your breastscreen. It might be a bit uncomfortable but it is only every two years.

When I was living in South Africa I had a friend who had a lump in her breast and she just ignored it. I think deep down she knew something was very wrong but didn't want to face the truth. The lump naturally got worse and in the end we had to force her to go and do something about it. Of course, it turned out to be breast cancer.

It was very sad to see what she went through, not only with actual breast cancer but the anger and depression she suffered as well. It impacted on her marriage, family life and all her relationships. Later, she realised how silly she had been not taking action about the lump sooner.

I knew I never wanted to go through what she went through so I had no issue about going to have a breastscreen. I just thought of my friend and her regrets. I had my second breastscreen earlier this year.

You know, women are good at looking after themselves “from the outside'', making sure they look good. A breastscreen is about looking after you from the inside."

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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