GET INVOLVED: Karen Gerrey, Adele Wilkinson, Michelle Bastable, Vicki McDonnell and Michelle Tindill will be taking part in this year’s first-ever Bargara Walk for Women’s Cancers. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
GET INVOLVED: Karen Gerrey, Adele Wilkinson, Michelle Bastable, Vicki McDonnell and Michelle Tindill will be taking part in this year’s first-ever Bargara Walk for Women’s Cancers. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott BUNWALK

Mum with cancer calls for women to check their breasts

MOTHER-of-six Michelle Bastable is urging women to get their breasts checked as soon as they notice a lump after she put off seeing her doctor and now has breast cancer.

"I found the lump earlier and didn't do anything," Mrs Bastable said.

"The lump was over 7cm in size and quite large - I was devastated when I was diagnosed."

Mrs Bastable said she was diagnosed at the end of July just before she was about to participate in Relay for Life with her RSL Fairways work colleagues. And had just undergone her first chemotherapy treatment.

The RSL Fairways team have now rallied together again and will be participating in the Walk for Women's Cancer at Bargara.

"Most of us think it will never happen to us and so I want to spread the word now and raise awareness," Mrs Bastable said.

"My breast cancer diagnosis was a shock; I had no family history of the disease.

"Events like Walk for Women's Cancers are so important - as well as raising important funds events like this remind women to talk about their health.

"Breast cancer these days doesn't always mean terminal but it's important to get it checked as soon as possible."

Cancer Council Queensland Regional Fundraising Coordinator Tunja Cottier encouraged locals to unite in the fight and get behind the inspirational walk.

"We're calling the community to step up to the challenge and help us make this event a memorable one." Ms Cottier said.

"Pink events like this allow us to make a real difference to those affected by breast and gynaecological cancers through world-class research, prevention and early detection programs and support services for local cancer patients and their families.

"Getting involved might only seem like a small way to make an impact, but your contribution makes a lasting difference to locals touched by this disease."

If you want to know more about being part of the Walk for Women's Cancers call the Fundraising Hotline on 1300 656 585 or visit http://www.walkforwomen.org.au.

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at http://www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council's 13 11 20.



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