KENSINGTON resident Cara Finch’s journey with cancer has become an inspiration for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
At 39, she’s endured more than most women of her generation would expect.
The mother of two daughters was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2017 and has endured intense treatment since, including a double mastectomy, the removal of some lymph nodes and six months chemotherapy while participating in PALLAS clinical trials.
She said her family life was turned upside down during her battle with cancer.
“My diagnosis came as a real shock,” she said.
“Cancer does not discriminate – I have no close family history and have never smoked, I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, I breastfed both of my children, and I didn’t have any other significant health issues.”
Mrs Finch will continue hormone therapy for 10 years and monthly injections to reduce the risk of any recurrence.
With one in eight Australian women likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, Mrs Finch encouraged all women to use Breast Cancer Awareness Month to become more breast aware.
“I would encourage all women, regardless of their age, to be breast aware, early detection can save lives,” she said.
“Organisations such as Breast Cancer Network Australia and Breast Cancer Care WA have been sources of invaluable support throughout my journey, not just during active treatment, but particularly afterwards as I try and find my ‘new normal’ after active treatment,” she said.
“My husband, two daughters and I are incredibly grateful for all the support we received from family and friends.”