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Jackie O’s health scare raises awareness for Breast Cancer

The symptoms and when you should get a mammogram.
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Jackie O Henderson opens up about how this health scare really put things into perspective surrounding her health.

The radio host appeared on Studio 10 this morning with her best friend Gemma O’Neill who was with her when she discovered a lump on her chest.

Jackie O and Gemma were shooting for business venture Besties, Jackie O called Gemma into the bathroom while she was putting on fake tan to inspect the spot.

The photo shoot for Besties with Jackie O and Gemma.

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“So I went into the bathroom and she looked very emotional. And she said, ‘I’ve just found a lump in my breast’. And I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And she was like, ‘Yeah’, and so she was standing there, naked. she said can you feel and so I’m standing there feeling her breast and I said ‘Yeah, there is something small in there actually.” Gemma reveals how the event went down.

Fortunately, Jackie was able to book a mammogram for the next day and luckily there was nothing wrong.

She shares this story to spread awareness and encourage women to get checked no matter how small.

Jackie O teared up this morning on Studio 10 while Gemma was explaining Jackie’s breast cancer scare.

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The biggest lesson from this is definitely don’t put it off and know the symptoms so you know what to look out for other than just lumps.

Early signs can include but are not limited to:

  • Discomfort and pain in a certain area

  • Inverted nipple or just change in shape

  • Lumps or thickening in the breast

  • Discomfort or swelling in the armpit

  • Redness

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Ongoing pain that is not related to your menstrual cycle

  • Nipple discharge

These symptoms are provided by the Cancer Council and if you have any of the following symptoms we urge you to get a mammogram or physical examination by a doctor.

Make sure you know what age you should be getting a mammogram.

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Australian influencer, Isabelle Clarke recently went under surgery after finding early cancer cells in her right breast.

She didn’t experience any lumps but had other symptoms for a year that she ignored due to her other illnesses going on at the time.

At 23, cancer didn’t seem like a possible result for her symptoms but after finally getting it checked she was booked for surgery straight away.

During her first surgery, she also tested for her left side and it also came back with cancer cells despite being told it was fine before when testing her right breast.

Isabelle shared this picture showing the discharge coming from her breast in her awareness post.

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She shared her surgery on her Instagram, Tiktok and Youtube to spread awareness with part of her caption stating:

“It’s been really scary, painful, emotional, all of the above…but I’m sharing this hoping that you go get that ‘thing’ checked that doesn’t seem right. If you know it’s not right, don’t let a doctor tell you different.”

“Keep going and get double checked, triple checked, get different opinions. Surgery to remove complete milk ducts with the cells from my breast was 3 days ago.”

“I’m so grateful for my family, friends and everyone who’s been there for me. Most of all I’m grateful and feel so lucky we caught it early. It could’ve been so much worse. I’m blessed, loved, happy to be here and more grateful for life than ever. Back to bed, love u 🌻❤️”

Isabelle shared this to her story post-surgery.

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Even though Isabelle’s situation wasn’t breast cancer in particular, it is incredibly eye-opening not just for younger women but all women who are putting off getting their routine checkups or ignoring symptoms.

We highly recommend that all women get a check-up as recommended, Cancer Councill does state mammograms can be less reliable for those under 40 but if you have a health history or symptoms you should book in to discuss with your GP.

If you are over 40 you have free access to mammograms if requested by your doctors and Cancer Council recommends women 50-74 to get their free mammogram every two years minimum.

A reminder that Breast Cancer Awareness month is in October.

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