Maryborough's Caroline McCreery understands clearly the need for Australians to get behind breast cancer research.
Every year 20,000 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer, women and men. Caroline was one of them, in 2016.
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It's been four years since Caroline was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I've been very lucky with the support that were there to help me," she says.
"At the moment I'm all clear of cancer. It's very personal for me and I want the awareness to be out there. A lot of people think of breast cancer as an older person's illness, and as a younger person I want to make people aware it can affect everyone, including men. I've just turned 44 and I was diagnosed just before my fortieth birthday."
Caroline underwent her treatment for breast cancer at Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC), and says the treatment was first class.
"My oncologist is there; all my chemo was done there; my initial surgery and all my radiotherapy was done there," Caroline says.
"At the time I was diagnosed they were not offering chemo in Maryborough. Through the McGrath Foundation I had a breast care nurse.She came to all my appointments, whether it was my oncologist or my surgeon. She would check in with me from time to time, to make sure I was going okay too, especially at the start of my chemo, because it was very scary.
"The other great thing was she wasn't only there for me. She was there for my husband if he needed someone to talk to. Whatever we discussed was between us and her."
Four years on, Caroline's outlook is positive.
"I'm feeling really good. I still take medication as a preventative, a tablet every day and once a month an injection. I've had all of the surgeries I've need to have, and now I just have a mammogram once a year to make sure there's nothing there."
She says caution is always the byword with breast cancer.
"If you find a lump or notice a change, speak to your doctor. Don't be scared. I had a sizeable lump, and physical changes, so I knew what the outcome was going to be, but most times it's going to be a cyst or something like that.
"But if the diagnosis is positive, again don't be scared. There is so much support there for you. I f you know people who have been through treatment reach out to them. Talk to people and stay positive. You'll have bad days and good days.
"I was able to keep working and I had great support in the workplace. That's something I'm really grateful for. because I work in a pharmacy, there are people I feel I can help and give advice to."