Carole wants to encourage you to go for breast screening
In 2007 following a routine mammogram Carole received a re-call letter – she said having to wait for her follow-up appointment was the worst part.
A malignant lump was discovered in her left breast; it was very small – the Consultant was optimistic and very reassuring. Following a lumpectomy, Carole had radiotherapy three times a week for a period of six weeks, she had no ill effects from this treatment. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread to the lymph glands and chemotherapy was not necessary.
Following her all-clear, Carole was checked every year and is now invited to have a 3 yearly mammogram. She took Tamoxifen for six years which unfortunately gave her hot flushes, she still has hot flushes but otherwise is doing really well. More recently she had a hip replacement but that didn’t stop her. She loves meeting up with friends, travelling and especially enjoys aqua aerobics and the gym.
Carole wants to encourage you to go for breast screening, she says there is nothing to fear and there really is no good reason not to go. Her cancer was so small she could not see or feel it and she believes if she had not gone for her routine breast screening appointment the lump would have increased in size and the outcome might have been very different.