Ger Collins (46) from Donabate, Co. Dublin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 after discovering a lump. After a triple assessment in Beaumont Hospital, it was discovered that thankfully the cancer hadn’t spread and she underwent a mastectomy and lymph node removal, shortly followed by chemotherapy two months later. Ger had 16 sessions of chemotherapy in total, followed by radiotherapy. She says she was shocked to discover that, at 43, she was one of the oldest patients having treatment for breast cancer at that centre. “The others were younger than me. So, we need to educate our young women to be self-checking,” she says.
Ger strongly believes that if more women were self-aware about breast health, more lives would be saved. As a result of this, she has been volunteering as an Education & Awareness Outreach Coordinator for Breast Cancer Ireland speaking to women and young girls on the importance of good breast health. “I’m so grateful to be well, I want to give something back,” she says. Ger Collins is an ambassador for Breast Cancer Ireland. She supports our Breast Health Education and Awareness Programme for teachers and transition-year students, which is sponsored by Cornmarket Group Financial Services.