Firm support vital for cancer cause

Melissa Del Popolo, whose mother, grandmother, aunt all suffered from breast cancer, and who is fighting the disease herself, says it is never too early to go to the doctors if you suspect something is wrong. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d401575
Melissa Del Popolo, whose mother, grandmother, aunt all suffered from breast cancer, and who is fighting the disease herself, says it is never too early to go to the doctors if you suspect something is wrong. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d401575

Ten years ago, she watched her mother lose her battle with breast cancer and was herself diagnosed with it two-and-a-half years ago.

However, Ms Del Popolo said her awareness of the disease after watching what her mother went through allowed her to pick it up early.

She is now taking part in Purple Bra Day on June 21 and is calling on locals to join the cause.

The event is now in its 11th year and gives people the opportunity to participate in a series of Purple Bra Day activities or donating to others’ fundraising efforts.

Ms Del Popolo said breast cancer had taken a toll in her family.

‘I have seen my grandmother, my aunt and my mother all get diagnosed with breast cancer, so I guess you can say I’m pretty experienced with breast cancer,’ she said.

‘Women need to know that you can never been too young to be diagnosed and I am a firm believer that if you are fit and healthy and listen to your body you intuitively know when something is wrong so don’t be afraid to go to the doctors.’

She said Purple Bra Day was an important fundraising event for the charity.

‘Breast Cancer Care WA is one of the most unique and amazing services in our community,’ she said.

‘They have no government funding and all money raised is through fundraising events and donations.

Visit breastcancer.org.au/events to donate or register to take part.