Mammogram saves the day

Pic Lee Song, who is inspiring others with her fundraising for the 2015 Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, owes her life to professional advice from her GP.

Pic Lee Song

 Mrs Pic Lee Song has finished chemotherapy treatment and is the top fundraiser in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers.

As a result of having an older sister with advanced breast cancer, Pic Lee was urged by her doctor, during her yearly medical check-up, to have a mammogram in 2009.  The result of the initial test was normal.

In 2011, after a 2-year interval, she went for another test and was given the devastating news that she had cancer.  What made it more frightening was that the cancer was diagnosed as the hard to detect Invasive lobular breast cancer, in which lumps cannot be detected by touch.

I hate to think what would have happened to me if I did not have the mammogram,” Pic Lee says. She had two children aged 17 and 7 at the time of the diagnosis.
Three years later, and having endured lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and currently on hormone therapy, Pic Lee says she is very fortunate to have received the best medical treatments and care by Perth specialists.

Sadly, her sister passed away in 2010, and in memory of her and all those who have lost their fight against cancer, Pic Lee is now making a contribution towards future cancer research so that even better treatments can be made available to all cancer patients, not only in Australia, but internationally.

She is currently the top fundraiser in the 2015 Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and is looking forward to fine weather so she can start training in earnest for the 60 kilometre walk.

Pic Lee says she's been overwhelmed by support from her friends during her fundraising efforts, It's a good feeling to know that there are lots of support out there – and sometimes from unexpected sources, too”. 

Register for the Weekend to End Women's Cancers at endcancer.org.au
Learn more about breast cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

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