Pink round lifts cancer plea

Zoe KeenanGeraldton Guardian
The Lightning girls played with pink bows and socks for the Geraldton Netball Associations pink round in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia.
Camera IconThe Lightning girls played with pink bows and socks for the Geraldton Netball Associations pink round in support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia. Credit: Zoe Keenan/Pictures: Zoe Keenan, Zoe Keenan The Geraldton Guardian

A sea of pink at the Geraldton Netball Association this week is reminding women to get their breasts checked for cancer, which affects about 18,000 Australians.

The Geraldton Netball Association wore pink during their games this week for their annual pink round to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia and the McGrath Foundation.

Former Geraldton Netball Association player Janet Fletcher had played the game well up to her 50s but has not played since 2010 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I’d just turned 50 so I got a letter from the breast screening people saying I got a free mammogram,” Ms Fletcher said.

“I thought ‘nah’ because I’d had one just the year before and everything was fine.

“But something in the back of my mind said to get the check.”

Ms Fletcher was diagnosed in June, 2010, and then began six long years of treatment and recovery.

After six rounds of chemotherapy, a mastectomy to her right side and six weeks of radiation, Ms Fletcher was given the all-clear in 2016.

“I was so fortunate to have a good support group in my family, friends and work,” she said.

“Everyone’s cancer journey is different but the best thing I did was coming into work.”

Ms Fletcher said the pink round raised awareness and alerted all women to take the time to do their checks or see a doctor if they were unsure.

“I think back and if I hadn’t thought to go to that mammogram, my diagnosis could’ve been much worse,” she said. “If there’s any little signs it could be nothing, but get it checked.”

Geraldton Netball Association administrator Charlotte Van Jaarsveldt said the association held the pink round every year because as a women’s sport, “breast cancer lies close to our hearts.”

The association will hold a cake stall, sausage sizzle and raffles tomorrow to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia and the McGrath Foundation.

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