Embrace breast screens, don't fear them
MARLENE Potgieter is a vigorous advocate for breast cancer awareness, but only recently had a breast screen herself.
The local businesswoman said a chat with Cathy Rookas, whose husband Peter is CEO of the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation, was the catalyst to make the call.
"Earlier this year Cathy asked me when I last had a breast screen and I had to admit, I hadn't had it done yet," Ms Potgieter said.
"I'm encouraging women all the time to do it, but hadn't got around to it myself, so I made the call, a friend of mine came with me, and it was a really nice experience."
Ms Potgieter said any concerns she had were put to rest once she arrived at the clinic.
"You hear things, you know people say it hurts, it's uncomfortable, it's this, it's that, so there is that fear of the unknown.
"But I would say the discomfort factor, on a scale of one to 10, 10 being the worst, would be a negative one."
Women aged 40 and over can phone 132 050 to book in for a free breast screen. A doctor's referral is not required.