Boston mum urges both men and women to check themselves for breast cancer
MEN as well as women are being encouraged to check their breasts on a regular basis by a woman who had stage two breast cancer.
Mother of three Maria Slater had her left breast removed towards the end of last year after being diagnosed with the disease.
Now the 36-year-old from Boston, who is in remission from breast cancer, wants to share her story with others in the hope of raising awareness.
Mrs Slater said: "Both men and women can get breast cancer.
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"It's because I check myself on a regular basis that I found a lump. I had a mammogram in October, exactly a week after going to the doctor, and it showed I had three lumps.
"Under a local they took biopsies and the following week it was confirmed that I had stage two breast cancer.
"Now anyone who knows me knows how stubborn I am and I am determined to get through this for the sake of my three girls."
And to raise awareness and allow people to follow her progress, Mrs Slater has created a Facebook site and would like people to show their support by following it.
Mrs Slater added: "I will put as many posts and photos on Facebook as possible.
"If only one person checks themselves and catches it in time or if only a few take notice and check regularly then this has worked and done its job.
"It is no good thinking I am young it will never happen to me, it happens to others."
Since having her mastectomy, Mrs Slater was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer, a separate cancer which is not related.
This led to her having a full hysterectomy, small tumours removed from her bowel, her appendix out because tumours were on there too, and her omentum removed.
She has now started chemotherapy, nine rounds followed by radiotherapy.
To follow Mrs Slater on Facebook - 'like' her page entitled My name is Maria, I am 35 and have stage two breast cancer.
She has more than 6,000 followers so far.