Attitudes shock cancer survivor

Colac’s Janice Johns was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 following a scan, and she is now encouraging her peers to take the opportunity to have regular check-ups amid a mobile breast cancer screening service visiting Colac for the first time.

Breast cancer survivor Janice Johns knows the results of a mammogram can be lifesaving and is surprised when her peers avoid taking regular screens.

The Colac mother of two was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, after a scan confirmed a small lump she found on her breast was cancerous.

“It was a big shock,” Janice said. “But I was fortunate because it was caught very early.”

Janice has now thrown her support behind a Breast Screen Victoria van that arrived in Colac last week to offer free screens to women aged over 40.

Nearly nine years ago, surgeons performed a mastectomy of Janice’s right breast followed by a reconstruction, while also removing tissue from her left breast.

Doctors within months cleared her of needing any further treatment, and Janice puts her recovery down to her desire to “know everything” and not hesitate to make appointments.

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