• Suzie Richards and Angela Belluomo

    Suzie Richards and Angela Belluomo

  • Lauree Inez

    Lauree Inez

  • MC Emma Grey and Angela Bakker

    MC Emma Grey and Angela Bakker

  • Chief Minister Katie Gallagher

    Chief Minister Katie Gallagher

  • Yvonne Epping and Chief Minister Katie Gallagher

    Yvonne Epping and Chief Minister Katie Gallagher

  • Alice Jones, helen Sutherland, Jenny Brogan, Peggy Brown, Katie Gallagher, Yvonne Epping and Yanping Zhang

    Alice Jones, helen Sutherland, Jenny Brogan, Peggy Brown, Katie Gallagher, Yvonne Epping and Yanping Zhang

  • Patsy Sheales and Anna Wellings Booth

    Patsy Sheales and Anna Wellings Booth

  • Jodie Mackenzie and Bernadette Armati

    Jodie Mackenzie and Bernadette Armati

  • Margaret Miko and Pampa Ray

    Margaret Miko and Pampa Ray

  • Irene Lewis and Susan Buckland

    Irene Lewis and Susan Buckland

  • Ross Buchanan and Susan Pitt

    Ross Buchanan and Susan Pitt

  • Alexandra Kellar and Kimberley Brown

    Alexandra Kellar and Kimberley Brown

  • Cathy Patterson, Angelo Belluomo, Margaret Miko and Catherine Flood

    Cathy Patterson, Angelo Belluomo, Margaret Miko and Catherine Flood

  • Ros Smith, Carol Todd and Niree Creed

    Ros Smith, Carol Todd and Niree Creed

BreastScreen ACT 21st Birthday Celebrations

13 May 2014

BreastScreen ACT saves lives. And it could be yours. Don’t procrastinate about having a mammogram as it’s a free service and causes less discomfort than breastfeeding, giving birth or pretending to be comfortable in a pair of stilettos and when detected early breast cancer is not the death sentence we all believe it will be.

Celebrating 21 years of breast screening the city centre held a pink morning tea with cake cutting by Chief Minister Katie Gallagher where so many of those whose lives have been saved by early detection came to say a thank you to the staff who make the process smooth and easy. And if you are among the one in eight diagnosed with breast cancer please be reassured because this extraordinary team wraps around you to guide, advise, support and comfort you through the process.

But there was more with a lunch at the Restaurant@CIT with stakeholders in the ever growing range of support groups and those at the front line of BreastScreen ACT eager to hear Niree Creed’s wonderful take on her experience of breast cancer.

 We’d read about it in the Women’s Weekly, been inspired by her attitude and  giggled with her sense of humour, sense of the ridiculous and down to earth approach to what for many women is life saving and others is life threatening. With more laughs and breast grasping reminders of what Creed has labeled the “squishterhood”of boob squishing, the first time experience of Emma Grey was a perfect script for a tell all YouTube documentary. To this add the voice and guitar playing of Laurie Inez and her rendition of the Chrissie Amphlett song, I Touch Myself, realising Amphlett’s dying wish for it to be for cancer awareness, brought on the tears and tissues.    

 I’d make breast screening compulsory for all over 40’s, but in the interim make the call, encourage all the women and girls in your family and absolutely all your besties too. It saved my life, and I will forever be grateful for this simple diagnostic process. Call BreastScreen ACT 13 20 50 now!