“Having your boob squashed ain’t fun”: Kerri-Anne gives frank interview about breast cancer and why all women should be screened 37



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In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kerri-Anne Kennerley has revealed her devastating struggle with the disease.

The former TV host had a very public battle, leading to a retreat from the spotlight until about a year ago. Since then, she’s done an amazing cover shoot and shown that you can still be sexy after cancer. Now, she has shared just how difficult diagnosis and the whole process can be.

Kerri-Anne said “breast cancer steals mothers and sisters and cousins. It is terrible, all cancer is”, in an interview with News Corp to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Aside from being an advocate for the Breast Cancer Council, Kerri-Anne is a patron of the Look Good Feel Better organisation, a free national community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment.

“I don’t think anything softens it up, I know the exact moment when I discovered a lump,” she said. “It was like ice in the veins”.

The TV star is hoping in sharing her personal story that others will take the steps to getting checked regularly. In her words, “Had I left it another six months, who knows?” she said. “There’s so many questions about this insidious disease but we are gaining ground on it”.

“Get checked. Having your boob squashed in a press ain’t fun but what is uncomfortable is being sliced and diced, having to take drugs, having dye put through your veins, anaesthetic, all sorts of invasive treatments”.

We agree, Kerri-Anne.

KAK’s frank interview comes at the end of a big campaign this month, including a brilliant segment on Studio 10 about how to check yourself for lumps.

Tell us, does this story hit home for you? Will you get a breast check soon? 


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  1. I believe in prevention and so I have a mammogram every two years, yes they are a bit uncomfortable however I would rather be in a position where if you had it, it was detected in its early stages. Just do it ladies it’s worth a little discomfort!

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    • When I was called back for further testing, I found it very uncomfortable, the X ray was different and the ultra sound was painful as they went over and over my breast quite firmly, not complaining though, I feel for those ladies receiving a positive diagnoses. And wish them the very best.

    • I went to the hospital with my girlfriend and her husband for support when she had to have a biopsy and she said she would never complain again when she has to have a mammogram, I guess none of us like some preventative test but we just need to suck it up and get on with it Lee Horrocks.

  2. Have mine checked by my doctor yearly and Mammogram every two years, I had a scare this year my doctor found something and I had to have further testing, turned out ok though.

  3. I was diagnosed with breast cancer through a routine mammogram,,I had no symptoms at all and after a mastectomy and 6 months of chemo I am cancer free,,I have a mammogram every 12 months and a bit of discomfit for a few minutes is really nothing,I feel so lucky as 8 years later I am still here to see my grandchildren and also a great granddaughter 5 months ago,

  4. Only an ultrasound showed the lump I had found. The mammogram was completely clear! I’ve had surgery and radiotherapy, but my oncologist told me that mammograms do not always show a problem, so ask for further tests if you find an abnormality.

  5. Ihad amammogram done got all clear iknow some dont please go for check up its better to be safe it might hurt for alittle while iam glad idid

  6. A mammogram saved my life. Had unscheduled mammogram and there it was right behind the nipple, looked like rice grain with a tail. Doctor could not find the lump. Turned out to be very aggressive, had a mastectomy and 12 months of chemo. That was 6 years ago and still clear. I was very lucky so please do what ever it takes for early detection.

  7. I have both Mammogram and Ultrasound as apparently they compliment each other. I am high risk so have mine yearly. Mammograms do not always pick up lumps and the same for Ultrasounds. Having both is the best way.

  8. Just spent this Tuesday at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne with a breast cancer scare. But all good and walked out of that hospital on Cloud Nine!!!

  9. Having mine next week, a few minutes of fairly minor discomfort is a very small price to pay for your life.

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