Annette Brotherson meets up with Jan Lees - who discovered she had breast cancer after seeing the picture in the background in a window display at Annette's Flower World. Photo: Adam Hourigan/The Daily Examiner
Annette Brotherson meets up with Jan Lees - who discovered she had breast cancer after seeing the picture in the background in a window display at Annette's Flower World. Photo: Adam Hourigan/The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Window display helped identify breast cancer case

ONE of the window displays in Annette Brotherson's Flower World has been a life saver.

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In 2011 Daily Examiner journo Dominic Zietsch penned the story of former Citizen of the Year Jan Lees recognising her breast cancer because of a picture in the window.

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"Ms Lees, a former Citizen of the Year, was waiting for a bus in Prince St outside Annette's Flower World, admiring the latest display put on monthly in the shop's window by owner Annette Brotherson," Dominic wrote.

"This display featured a poster of a painting by 19th century French artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau, called Evening Mood. The nude model in the painting was Bouguereau's wife, who died of breast cancer after it was completed.

"In a strange twist, it seems Bouguereau had unknowingly diagnosed his wife's illness by painting an unusual dimpled texture on a breast - a dimpling that is now known as a possible indicator of breast cancer.

"Ms Lees said the picture and the accompanying sign, which explained the dimpling, saved her life."

Ms Brotherson recalled coming up with that window display.

"I remember lying awake at night worrying about it, whether it was all right to have a nude painting in the window," she said.

"Then I thought, no, stop worrying just do it. I just had this feeling."

For more information visit www.cancer.org.au.



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