Two years ago Derry woman Margaret Cunningham experienced a breast cancer scare.
Margaret, a trained nurse, is a Habinteg Housing Community Support Worker in Derry, and since her scare she has taken to raising awareness of breast cancer and helping people where she can.
“Thankfully, my tests came back as benign but between undergoing tests and getting the results I went through an awful experience,” said Margaret.
“It was an awful time in my life and because I know what it’s like I want to stop others from experiencing the same thing -a little TLC can go a long way.”
On Thursday evening, Margaret teamed up with Boots Beauty to deliver a breast awareness talk with a difference.
Women from St. Eithne’s Park, Hazelbank and Farland Way all attended the event and after the talk was over they were treated to a complementary beauty therapy from Boots No. 7 Advisor, Kathleen Kerr.
“These events can really make a difference,” said Margaret.
“Recently I hosted a similar event to this one and a few weeks later I received a letter from a woman who attended the event. She said the talk gave her the confidence to go to her local GP. She’d been putting it off and putting it off. It turned out she had duct ectasia of the breast but tests revealed she also had breast cancer. The woman said had she not come to the talk she wouldn’t have been able to find it in herself to go and get checked.”
Early prevention and knowing what symptoms to look for are two of Margaret’s passions when it comes to breast cancer.
“Eighty per cent of cases occur in the over 50 bracket but that’s not to say breast cancer can’t impact upon younger women too. I can’t stress the importance of checking yourself on a regular basis and if you notice anything, even if you think it’s nothing, speak to someone about it and make an appointment to go an see your doctor. Early detection can make a massive difference.”
For further information on up and coming cancer awareness events contact Margaret Cunningham at Habinteg Housing 0n 02871 370 196.