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Nancy Jackson is a first time breastscreenNT client who attended the Palmerston service in April 2012. Nancy would like to use her experience to encourage other women that are uncertain about having a breast screen.
What prompted you to attend the breastscreenNT service?
I noticed a promotional banner a few years ago, around the time I turned 50 and thought I should have a breast screen but was too nervous. It's taken me a few years of procrastination to make an appointment and now I don't know what I was so worried about! I also have a friend who is a breast cancer survivor. Hearing about her experience going through chemotherapy, losing hair and undergoing surgery was a motivating factor for me to get to screening.
I also must admit, I went to the Palmerston Health Precinct for a completely different reason - to have a blood test! I saw the signs for breastscreenNT and took it as a sign - literally!
Why did you attend the Palmerston service and what was your impression of the service?
I attended the Palmerston service because of the convenient location. I was very impressed with the service and it was easy to find due to the signage. The receptionist was very friendly and easy to talk to which made the appointment making the process even easier.
image: "Breastscreen mammogram machine image 1.JPG" How did you feel during and after the mammogram?
The actual mammogram wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Having my breasts compressed was not painful at all. The way that the machine turned was slightly uncomfortable but that only lasts a few seconds. I would say the process is slightly uncomfortable but not painful.
The whole process is quick and easy and the Radiographer was lovely. She made the whole experience - I won't say more fun - but definitely more comfortable. Any fears I had going in were quickly dispelled even before she started the procedure.
If you had any advice for women that are considering having a mammogram but are nervous, what would it be?
Bite the bullet Ladies! It is so easy to make an appointment, the service is free and appointments take less than 20 minutes!
I know it might help to talk to someone that has had a mammogram and that's why I'm giving my story to breastscreenNT to publish in the hope that other women will be encouraged to put their health first and attend for a breast screen.
breastscreenNT works in partnership with a wide range of organisations in the public, community and corporate sectors.
There are many ways organisations can help raise awareness of the importance of regular breast screening for women:
- Distribute breastscreenNT information resources to your staff, community or customers;
- Promote the breastscreenNT website and the 13 20 50 number on staff payslips, workplace settings and on your website;
- Include information about breastscreenNT in your staff newsletter or public areas of your workplace and promote the screening dates in your area;
- Organise a free education session with our Health Promotion staff for female employees covering women's cancer screening topics: screening mammography, breast health, Pap smears and the HPV vaccine;
If your organisation is interested in supporting breastscreenNT and promoting breast screening to women, please contact the Health Promotion team on: (08) 8922 6442 or (08) 8922 6446 or email: [click here to send email]