Early detection may save your life: expert

Breast cancer is still the most common cancer affecting Queensland women with one in eight women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Early detection will save your life.
Breast cancer is still the most common cancer affecting Queensland women with one in eight women being diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Early detection will save your life. Thinkstock

IT'S a simple procedure that's finished within 30 minutes and it could just save your life.

One woman who genuinely believes she wouldn't be here without a breast check is Sonya Carr.

In 2000 Ms Carr found something that all woman fear - a lump in her breast.

At 42 years of age, Ms Carr was surprised to find the lump, but had it checked immediately.

It was through this early detection that Ms Carr is still alive today.

Two years after Ms Carr was diagnosed with breast cancer, her mother found a lump but failed to get it checked.

They didn't find the cancer soon enough and she died within five years.

"My advice to every woman is to regularly check your breasts and get scans once a year," she said.

"We have the ability to find cancer early these days so we can survive."

BreastScreen Queensland's state of the art digital mobile service is currently in Allora and will be coming to Warwick later this month.

While the free scan is only available to women aged 50 to 69 years, coming up to breast cancer awareness month women of all ages are encouraged to self-examine.

Jessica Hobbs from BreastScreen Queensland said it was essential women looked after their health and had regular breast screens.

"Breast cancer is still the most common cancer affecting Queensland women with one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer,'' she said.

"Early detection could save your life.

"All women aged between 50 and 69 years are strongly encouraged to have a free breast screen every two years."

Earlier this year one lady called for Southern Downs women to unclip their bras and join them together in an attempt to make the world's largest bra chain to raise money for breast cancer research.

Caryn Gorrie of Brisbane hopes to collect 200,000 bras from various collection points around the country, including the Daily News office and Cafe Jacqui's in Warwick.

Mrs Gorrie's world record attempt, among the other fundraising initiatives she is involved with through the Cancer Council, derived from personal experience and is her way of making a difference.

"We had six family members in one year diagnosed and since then we've had more," she said.

And so she stood up to do something about it - and now she's chasing a world record.

"The idea is that people will donate $1 with each bra, with that whole dollar going straight to the Cancer Council," she said.

The chain of AA-H and beyond-sized cups will be judged on October 5. The bras will then be donated to those who need it most.

"The wearable bras will be donated to women in Fiji and Vanuatu and Thailand," Mrs Gorrie said.

Have you checked your breasts for lumps lately? It's something every woman should be doing:

  • In front of a mirror: visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples.
  • Lying down: when lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.


The travelling BreastScreen bus can be found on Darling St at Southern Cross Care in Allora this week and at the Warwick Hospital from September 30.

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