Mercy's story


“A friend told me to try BreastScreen Queensland because she liked how they looked after her.”

“It’s nearly time for my next breastscreen and just thinking about it makes me realise I should phone and make an appointment.

It’s funny because I never really knew anything about BreastScreen Queensland. I’m in my 40s and healthy and thought it was something older women needed to do. Now I know a lot more.

In my late 30s I felt a lump and went and saw my doctor. I was sent to a private clinic and had a biopsy but it turned out turned everything was okay. I later had another check and everything was okay again so I didn’t think much more about it.

I was in my early 40s when I was talking to a friend one day and she started telling me about BreastScreen Queensland. She’s also in her 40s and her doctor had advised her to go along.  I hadn’t heard of them before and I certainly didn’t know there was free screening for women of my age.

You could say I decided to try BreastScreen Queensland because my friend went there and was very happy with the way they looked after her.  Having been to a private clinic I wasn’t sure what to expect but thought there was no harm giving it a go. When I went there it exceeded my expectations – and it’s free.

It was just as professional as the private place I’d been to. In fact, I think the staff were more pleasant. I actually commented to the lady working there about how professional I’d found everything. It was also a pleasant environment.

As I work in the City it is also very convenient for me. I don’t have to travel anywhere and I can do it before or after lunch or when it is right for me. It’s quite quick. Getting breast cancer is something you don’t have any control over but having a breastscreen is something good you can choose.’’

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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If you’ve recently had a COVID-19 vaccination, there’s no need to delay your breast screen.

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