Rita, Kununurra

Breast cancer champion 

I want girls to take notice of their own bodies. If you notice something different, get it checked out. Don’t leave it.

Rita’s story

By sheer coincidence when Rita noticed a lump in her breast the BreastScreen WA van, which visits almost 100 regional towns every two years, just happened to be in town.

Rita knew she needed to get the lump checked out and, not realising that breast screening is designed for well people rather than people experiencing symptoms, she went to have her breasts screened straight away*.

While it was unfortunate that breast cancer was found, Rita was able to still get it treated early.

Rita’s advice

‘I want girls to take notice of their own bodies. If you notice something different, get it checked out straight away’.

‘I was lucky I wanted to get it checked out. I didn’t want to hide away’.

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Breast cancer screening

* Breast cancer screening or mammograms are designed for women who do not have any noticeable symptoms of breast cancer.

If you do not have any breast cancer symptoms and you’re eligible, it is recommended you participate in the free breast screening program for women aged over 40 years.

Women living in regional WA can access the BreastScreen WA mobile service which visits almost 100 rural towns every two years, with some towns receiving visits annually. To find out when the BreastScreen WA mobile service is visiting your town, visit the BreastScreen WA website.

If you do have possible breast cancer symptoms, it’s  highly recommended see your doctor, clinic nurse or health worker without delay.

Remember, the earlier cancer is found, the better your chances of survival. So, make sure you participate in free screening at every opportunity and see your doctor, clinic nurse or health worker if you notice any unusual symptoms.