A PERTH mum is leading the way for awareness of breast cancer in young women.
Woodlands resident Katie Hanson was one of two Perth women selected for next year’s So Brave calendar, a nation-wide fundraiser for breast cancer and reminder for women of all ages to be alert for changes in their bodies.
Ms Hanson is a full-time working mum of two girls, and was diagnosed with breast cancer at 36 after finding an 8cm lump on her breast.
Now 38, Ms Hanson spent Tuesdaybeing painted up for the calendar photo shoot.
“It’s amazing, it’s like a massive cleanse,” she said.
“It’s a therapeutic day for me.”
She was joined by Queensland-based So Brave founder Rachelle Panitz and award-winning face and body artist Wendy Fantasia.
Ms Panitz found a lump in her breast while in her third trimester of pregnancy, which was examined by ultrasound, mammogram and a biopsy six weeks after she gave birth.
“My own diagnosis at 32 made me feel isolated, and I wanted to raise awareness that this can happen to anyone,” she said.
“Young women can get forgotten, they fall by the wayside; it’s not intentional, but the majority of support is for over 60s.
“We created our first calendar in 2016 for 2017, and raised $70,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Centre for Personalised NanoMedicine.”
This year’s net proceeds will go to breast cancer research and the McGrath Foundation.
The calendar launches on September 22 at sobrave.com.au with pre-orders open now.