Early de­tec­tion is key

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ANNE MATHER

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.

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