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First-time clients encourage others to ‘Make Your Screen Debut’

Portrait of Screen Debut ambassadors.

Five clients who recently had their first ever breast screen are sharing their experiences to encourage others to ‘Make Your Screen Debut’ from age 50. 

Our five amazing ambassadors—Irene, Veronica, Kylie, Yianna, and Dolly—take the spotlight to share stories about having a breast screen for the first time in a series of videos and photos. 

From not knowing what to expect, feeling some nerves and then relief after their first appointment, they take us through the quick and easy breast screen process, the convenience, and the professionalism of the staff. Their reassuring message to others is, ‘Put your health centre stage’ by having your first breast screen and then continuing with this important, regular health check every two years.  

Regular breast screens are the best way to find breast cancer early. The earlier breast cancer is found, the more likely it is to be small and treated successfully. 

Our ambassador Irene, 52, from Woodend, said, “I was worried about getting my first breast screen, but it was so much easier than expected. It took 10 minutes, and the radiographer was very warm and friendly. She reassured me the whole way through.”

Yianna, 51, from Cheltenham, said, “As a survivor of cancer, I know that it’s really important to detect early. Sometimes we are busy with our lives or nervous about having it done, but we shouldn’t be because it’s really simple, very easy and all the staff looked after me.”

With clinics and a mobile screening service across Victoria, breast screens are free, with a female radiographer and only take 10 minutes. Once you turn 50, BreastScreen Victoria will send you an invitation to start screening at a clinic near you.  

The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, and breast screening is proven to be most effective for those aged 50-74 years old, so a regular breast screen is an important way to look after your health.  

We provide breast screens to women with no breast symptoms. If you find an unusual change to the look and feel of your breasts, see your doctor as soon as possible. 

‘Make Your Screen Debut’ has a cinematic theme, and the play on words shares important health message in a fun and relatable way. Our ambassadors have made their screen debut, will you? 

For more information and to book, visit breastscreen.org.au/screendebut