Screening a lifesaver for grandmum

14 January 2013

Women should do themselves a favor and get down to the BreastScreen van, now visiting Wangaratta – as it could save your life.

The van is in the rural city until May and the aim is to screen 42 women a day - 2605 by May - to detect breast cancer early.

A free mammogram is available for women aged over 40 years old and those aged from 50-69 are especially urged to get checked.

Margaret Speziale of Wangaratta is urging women to make an appointment.

The grandmother said a breast screen four years ago helped save her life, by detecting a lump and getting treatment early.

“They found a 2mm lump on my breast and after testing it was found to be malignant,” she said.

“I then had to get six weeks of radiation treatment, five days a week in Albury.

“Then it was all clear and I can live life to the full again.”

It was a testing time on her family but they helped her get through it.

“People think the word cancer is associated with death, but it doesn’t have to be,” Mrs Speziale said.

Along with her husband Rom, who was a pillar of support through the ordeal, her sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren helped her stay positive.

“After it was all over all I wanted to do was go back to work and get some normal conversations happening, and I did,” she said.

“Don’t delay, or make excuses, the van is there as a health service especially for women.”

Local politicians have also joined the push to promote the van in the city.

Sophie Mirabella (MHR, Indi) highlighted that breast cancer was the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australian women.

Tim McCurdy (MLA, Murray Valley) also encourages women from out of town to get screened.

It takes 10 minutes of your time and it is a simple screen that could detect cancer early.

To make an appointment call 13 20 50 or book online at

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