Peta's story


“Having a breastscreen is not a hard choice to make.”

"The big problem with breastscreening is its image: there are all these ridiculous myths and wives tales about how awful it is. Is it any wonder women put it off when you hear stories likening the pain to having your boob slammed in a fridge door. Who wants to sign up for that? But the problem is we women are often influenced by the myths and stories that circulate and they've been circulating for years.

I remember all the ridiculous stories I heard before I had my first breastscreen. I think I was one of those women who put it off for a little while. I was so worried about how bad it was going to be that I nearly did a runner while I was waiting to go in for my appointment. Pain thresholds are different for everyone but afterwards I did wonder what the fuss was all about. To be honest, I actually prefer having a breastscreen to my Pap smear test. Guess that's just me.

However, there is so much evidence now that supports the benefits of breast screening and early detection that we must try and get those messages out. These are the stories women should be sharing. In my family we have a history of stomach cancer. When you're diagnosed, that's pretty much it. There aren't generally good prospects.

Yet, with breast cancer, early diagnosis can be life saving and that is what having a breastscreen is all about. It gives you peace of mind or a possible chance at life. Therefore, for me, it's not a hard choice to make: I'll have the breastscreen, thanks.

My advice, if you've ever think twice about having a breastscreen is to arm yourself with some real information. Get the facts and find out what is involved and what are the benefits for you. Don't muck around. BreastScreen's services are accessible and appointments are easily available. I'm the time poorest of the time poor but I appreciate it's the not the right thing but best thing to do.

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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