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Jolie's mastectomy prompts woman to get checked

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014
Georgina Jones
STRONG SURVIVOR: Georgina Jones is wanting to give back to the Breast Cancer Foundation after the support it gave her. 

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Breast cancer survivor  Georgina Jones is among thousands of women world-wide who opted to have a mammogram after reading about Hollywood star Angeline Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy in February 2013.

She and Jolie are the same age so Jones decided to err on the side of caution.

"I'm only 38," the Auckland resident says. "I'd never had a mammogram before and thought to myself 'oh I'm too young for breast cancer but I'm here, I may as well check'."

Doctors found a lump in her right breast and an ultrasound revealed the area was riddled with cancer cells.

"I got so angry," Jones says. "But then I realised I was  lucky. I caught it early and had I not asked my doctor to check I would have been none the wiser."

Jones's last eight months have included a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction surgery - an eight-and-a-half hour operation.

The beauty therapist is on the road to recovery and joining other women across the country hosting Pink Ribbon breakfasts on May 18 to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lorraine Downes is the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador and the face of this year's Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign.

She says research is vital for better treatments to improve survival.

"The foundation is funding several world-class projects right here in New Zealand.

"Pink Ribbon Breakfast is a great way to raise money for the cause."

More than 1800 breakfasts were hosted across the country in 2013.

Information: pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz

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