Sally Crisp video transcript
I was actually due to have a mammogram early last year, it was about February, and I thought, ‘Oh, a mammogram no, well I really can’t cope with that right now’. And then, as I tell all my friends, I had this little voice in my head that was saying to me, ‘Do it now!’.
They gave me the result and said, ‘Yes, I’m afraid they are malignant and they need to be removed’. And I said, ‘Ah,’ I said, ‘Well does this mean a double mastectomy for me?’ And he said, ‘I don’t think so.’ He said, ‘Fortunately,’ and this is why to my dying day I will thank BreastScreen, because he said ‘they’re small, we got them early, and, um by the look of it,’ he said, ‘I think they’re pretty aggressive, could be grade three but I’m not sure, but,’ he said, ‘I think we can get away with doing lumpectomies.’
I feel so fortunate that I was detected, it was detected early through breast screening. It was so well done and so quickly attended to it just went boom, boom, boom.
I’m now over 70, last year I was over 70, and um of course in those times BreastScreen would send you a letter saying when you’re 70 we don’t send you letters any more, but it’s up to you, you can still come. But now that’s changed, they’ve extended it, so now we’re getting the letters up to 74, which is fantastic.
It is so important, don’t neglect that two-yearly invitation letter, don’t put it off, don’t be lulled into this false sense of security and think you’re okay because you’ve been having it for a number of years and you’ve been clear.
We’ve got a lot more living to do, and we just want to keep on living, and giving, get on with your life. So that’s the most important thing.