Take advantage of free breast screen

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Bridgetown resident Jackie Howe has first-hand experience with breast cancer and urges all women to get a mammogram for their health.
Camera IconBridgetown resident Jackie Howe has first-hand experience with breast cancer and urges all women to get a mammogram for their health. Credit: Tari Jeffers

With the BreastScreen WA mobile van now in Bridgetown, Jackie Howe said there is no better time to book in for a free mammogram to fight breast cancer.

Mrs Howe, who lives in Bridgetown, was last year diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.

“I had breast cysts since I was in my 30s,” she said.

“So I had regular mammograms each 12 months because they can turn cancerous.”

However, Mrs Howe missed a referral at the beginning of 2018 and it took an extra six months for a mammogram.

“In July, 2018, they found cancer was non-palpable, which means you can’t feel it with self-checks,” she said.

“The only way you could pick it up was with a mammogram.”

As a result of her diagnosis, Mrs Howe decided to get a double mastectomy in September, 2018, and got four months of chemotherapy.

The BreastScreenWA van provides free mammograms to women 40 years or older.

“I’m 73, age range doesn’t matter,” Mrs Howe said.

“Even if you’re younger and have to pay, it’s nothing in the grand scheme of things.

“If you have a breast, get it squashed.”

Mrs Howe said she encouraged all the women in her family to get checked and urged the same for any women.

“Don’t leave it till it is too late,” she said.

The BreastScreen WA mobile van is located at the Town Square on Spencer Street until November 25.

Visit breastscreen.health. wa.gov.au or call 132 050 to book an appointment with the BreastScreen WA van.

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