Breast cancer survivor urges women to have their mammograms

20170427 Kerri Welsh BreastScreen

“If you don’t make time, you may never have time”

BreastScreen NSW will soon be running the Kerri’s Story television campaign to encourage women aged 50-74 to have a potentially life-saving mammogram.

The campaign features the story of Kerri Welsh, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram. On a number of occasions, Kerri had delayed the mammogram that ended up saving her life. She urges other women not to be complacent about prioritising their health.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in NSW, with 1 in 8 developing the disease during their lifetime. For these women it is crucial that their cancers are found in the earliest stages. As demonstrated by Kerri’s story, early detection is the key to successful treatment - a free mammogram every two years can save your life.

The campaign is running throughout April and May 2017.

The campaign period is an opportune time to discuss the importance of regular breast screening with your patients. Evidence shows that GPs and primary care professionals have significant influence in a woman’s decision to screen.

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