67-year-old Meg Middleton was living in outback Queensland when she missed her regular breast screening. Without the service available locally, two years since her last mammogram had well and truly passed and the thought that she was overdue weighed heavily on her mind. When Meg moved to the Central Coast in 2019, one of the first things she did was book in for a breast screening.
“I didn’t even have a GP yet or know what was available, but I knew I needed a mammogram. The screening did its job and found a site that needed investigation, which turned out to be very early stage breast cancer (DCIS),” Meg said.
“I never expected a cancer diagnosis, there’s no history of cancer in my family. It was a real shock and surprise for me and my family. I couldn’t feel a lump or anything. If I hadn’t moved from the outback it could have developed into invasive breast cancer.”