What no one tells you about being diagnosed with breast cancer

Gladys shares her story.

By BTYB BreastScreen

Having been given the all-clear from the six or so mammograms she'd had in the past, Gladys had been putting off an upcoming mammogram, with the all-too-common thought that "someone else gets cancer, not you". That was until she went, and a shadow near her breast bone was found to be just that—breast cancer.

Despite undergoing a lumpectomy and radiation, Gladys considers herself lucky that the lump was found when it was, before it had spread any further, and while it could be treated without the need for chemotherapy. Gladys now works with the Pink Sari Project, which raises awareness of breast cancer screening among Indian and Sri Lankan communities, and supports women through their breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Hear her touching story in the video above.

Gladys is a breast cancer survivor and Pink Sari Project ambassador
Gladys is a breast cancer survivor and Pink Sari Project ambassador

Screening mammograms are free for women between the ages of 50 and 74—you don't need to see a doctor for a referral, and it only takes 20 minutes every two years. Call 13 20 50 or visit cancerscreening.gov.au now to book an appointment. After all, what's 20 minutes worth to you?

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