Shelley's story


“I've just got my letter telling me everything is okay”

"I recently had my first breastscreen with BreastScreen Queensland. Infact, I've just got my letter telling me everything is fine.

I'm 42 so I guess I was at the right age to start thinking about breastscreening and getting into the habit of regular screening. Well, you do have to make a habit of it or you could easily forget. It's only once every two years. It's not like cervical screening. I think that when you grow up, having a Pap smear becomes part of a woman's medical routine and part of their lives. With breastscreening, it feels a little different. You reach a certain age and have to stop and think, ‘maybe that's something I need to know more about'.

I guess the need to get a breastscreen had been at the back of my mind for some time. My aunt was 40 when she got breast cancer. That was about 10 years ago. It was a real wake-up call for me and scary. She was young and I hadn't really thought about breast cancer affecting women around that age before. I remember babysitting when she would have to go and have chemo. Also, when someone in your immediate family has breast cancer it really hits home. You pay attention.

I had my breastscreen at Coorparoo and basically knew what to expect. I knew there would be some pressure applied to my breasts and expected that it might be a bit painful. If anything, the procedure was quicker than I expected. I wouldn't say I was nervous but I did feel a bit awkward getting into position for the actual breastscreen. The woman who looked after me was very professional but she had a sense of humour and that really helped put me at ease. I can't say it was that bad that it would stop me from going again. It was actually fine and easier than I thought. So much so, that when I got my letter I had almost forgotten about going."

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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