A word from Deb

What happens when your mammogram is not clear? My personal experience


Earlier in the week, we posted a video of Deb’s biennial visit to BreastScreen NSW.

After her skin-cancer scare in 2011, Deborah is religious about keeping her health appointments but has never had a call back from her biennial mammogram so when she got a missed call, the emotions started building up.

Watch the video to see what Deborah had to say about the process of being called back for an “irregularity”.

“So a week later I get a missed call,” Deborah said.

“It’s BreastScreen Australia saying we’d like to see you again because we’ve found an irregularity. We’d like to see you, give you another mammogram, an ultrasound and if need be a biopsy.”

“That’s when I started to feel nervous.”

Despite the fact that she was eventually given the all clear, Deborah said the experience reinforced for her the importance of the screening and gave her confidence in the BreastScreen process.

“That just taught me, as it should teach you, this is not something to be ignored. Look after yourself, look after your breasts and return all of your missed calls.”

According to BreastScreen NSW the majority of women who have a screening mammogram will get a result of ‘no evidence of breast cancer’. However, they should still continue to know the look and feel of their breasts between screening mammograms and report any changes to their GP.

Some women will be called back for more tests because the mammogram showed an abnormality. For most of these women, subsequent tests are normal and breast cancer is not found.

Women diagnosed with breast cancer following a screening mammogram are less likely to have a mastectomy (have their breast removed). Depending on a number of factors and the stage of the cancer, other treatment options can include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapies.

How to get a mammogram

To book a free mammogram, contact 13 20 50.

Related videos

My Reason to Screen – Breast Cancer NSW panel with Kerri-Anne Kennerley & Julie McCrossin

Kerri-Anne Kennerley Breast Cancer Journey

How cancer silenced Julie McCrossin

Don’t become a statistic – get a breast screen

Life after cancer – Sally Obermeder talks about her Stage 3 Breast Cancer

Deborah Hutton

Deborah Hutton is the publisher of Balance by Deborah Hutton. She is passionate about helping woman to define their own recipe for balance


  1. Lyn

    March 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Glad to see all was well in your follow up Deborah. I do get concerned about heavy reliance on mammograms and the frequency. In 2016 I noticed a small indent on my breast. Subsequent mammogram said all clear yet thankfully for my persistence and my doctors we went to biopsy and cancer was confirmed. It was early, small but aggressive. Imagine if I had just accepted mammogram results? My previous mammogram had only been 7 months prior and all clear. Being vigilant saved my life. Cancer free now.

  2. Deborah Hutton

    March 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Well done Lyn. It’s definitely true that no-one knows your own body like you do, so if in doubt.. keep checking it out.
    Congratulations on being cancer free.

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