LOURDES Catap would shout from the rooftops about the importance of mammograms if she could.
The Quakers Hill resident may not be alive today if she didn't have regular screenings every two years.
She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram.
The youngest of her five children was seven at the time.
"Being a nurse I was shocked," Mrs Catap, 52, told the Sun.
"I was more fearful about telling my loved ones.
"I just put my head down and battled on."
After a 20 months of treatment, which included two rounds of chemotherapy, an operation and radiation, Mrs Catap is in remission.
"I'm lopsided but alive," she said.
"I have two grandchildren I want to see grow up."
She thanked BreastScreen staff for the reminder letters and hopes to become a breast screening advocate for others.
"There might be a bit discomfort but it's a small price to pay for peace of mind," she said.
She shared her story with Health Minister Jillian Skinner, who visited Mount Druitt BreastScreen NSW last week to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
More than 50 per cent of NSW women aged 50-74 fail to have free mammograms every two years, according to Ministry of Health population data.
One in nine women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.
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