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Women's Stories

BreastScreen Victoria recognises that a woman's breast screening experience is a personal one. Eight breast cancer survivors shared their brave journey with us and emphasised the importance of breast screening.

Daisy's Story

Daisy's Story (English)

Horsham woman Mary-Anne ‘Daisy’ Horgan put off making a breast screen appointment for six months as she was busy taking care of everyone else around her. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and encourages other women to look after their health.

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Deb's Story

Deb's Story (English)

Aboriginal Health Coordinator Deb Mellett was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a regular breast screen.

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Jean's Story

Jean's Story (English)

Keilor Downs breast cancer survivor Jean Tavares encourages all women not to be complacent about their health. She was first diagnosed in 1997 and has since fought three recurrences, in 2000, 2009 and 2011.

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Michele's Story

Michele's Story (English)

As Michele Clifton sat in a waiting room filled with women, she wondered which unlucky one would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Little did she know it would be her. In July 2012, the Broadmeadows woman was diagnosed with the disease after a routine breast screen.

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Kerri's Story

Kerri's Story (English)

Due to a busy full time work schedule, Kerri Welsh was about to put off her appointment for a second time, until she was told about an after-hours BreastScreen clinic at Moonee Ponds. Kerri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She encourages other women not to be complacent about prioritising their health.

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Sally's Story

Sally's Story (English)

Deepdene woman Sally Crisp felt compelled to book her regular breast screen in 2013 before jetting off on a trip to Africa. When she returned, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The fit grandmother of two’s message to women in their early 70s is clear, don’t put it off, make an appointment for a breast screen now.

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Val's Story

Val's Story (English)

Parkdale woman Val Gaskell has survived breast cancer twice following a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She encourages women who don’t have a regular breast screen to value their life and avoid ‘being an ostrich’.

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Vivienne's Story

Vivienne's Story (English)

Vivienne Harkness had put off having a mammogram for a few years when a letter with the offer of a free plant finally motivated her to book in. She was diagnosed with breast cancer twice and later found out she had the BRCA2 gene, a hereditary gene that increases the risk of cancer.

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