Julie's story


“I feel BreastScreen is genuinely interested in me.”

When I turned 40 my friend started nagging me that it was time to have a breastscreen. When I didn't go Vicki made the appointment for me. I hadn't thought about having a breastscreen before or given much thought about what happens at one. I have no family history of breast cancer so it wasn't something that had played on my mind.

I was really nervous about having a breastscreen. Actually, I was absolutely packing it. I decided ignorance was bliss so I didn't google it or ask anyone questions. I thought I'd just turn up and see what happened rather than dwell on it.

Well, the day I went I was waiting just long enough to open my Woman's Day magazine. My name was called and I went into a room and the radiographer checked my details and explained to me what would be happening. She also showed me where to stand and where to put my arms so that I was sort of hugging the machine while she took the breastscreen. I didn't expect it to be over so fast. I thought everything would take much longer when, in fact, all up it felt like I was only there for about 10 minutes. I actually asked the radiographer why it hadn't hurt more. I thought it was supposed to be worse for small breasted women but she said that wasn't the case.

I'm not the kind of person who likes medical appointments or going to the GP. I think there are probably a number of women out there who are just like me. However, I didn't mind my breastscreen experience. They were really friendly, explained things and put me at ease. I felt they were genuinely interested in me and I'm fine to keep going.

Now I'm trying to convince my sister she has to go and if need be I'll make the appointment for her. It's something I'm prepared to be bossy about.

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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