Early detection is key
SINCE she was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago, Karen Forster has cherished the years spent watching her family grow.
The breast cancer survivor says she is testament to the importance of screening, as her cancer was picked up and treated in the early stages when she was aged 41.
“In the 20 years since then, my children have grown from being teenagers, to going to university, getting married and having their own children — and now I’m a grandmother,” Mrs Forster said.
“It goes to show how important early detection is,” she said to promote October as breast cancer awareness month. “I’m now passionate about ensuring women get screened every two years when they reach the right age.”
Minister for Women Jacquie Petrusma yesterday encouraged women to make an appointment this month to have a potentially life-saving mammogram.
“Approximately 400 Tasmanian women will find out this year they have breast cancer,” she said. “When breast cancer is diagnosed early through screening, treatment is more successful.”
She said more than 5400 Tasmanian women were overdue for their screening.
Women can call in to the Hobart clinic, at Level 4, 25 Argyle St, Hobart, during October for an appointment. Free screening appointments are also available in Launceston, Glenorchy and Burnie.
Appointments can also be made by calling 13 20 50.