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‘Before I was diagnosed, I already knew in my heart and soul that I had breast cancer’

Carly Mahady was just 24 when she learned that she had the disease. She shares her journey with cancer and why she feels it’s vital that all women undergo regular checks of their breasts

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Carly Mahady wants the breast screening age of 50 to be lowered. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Carly Mahady wants the breast screening age of 50 to be lowered. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Breast cancer patient ambassadors Pascaline Fresneau, Barbara King, Carly Mahady and Tracy Bennett at the launch of the Breast Cancer Isn’t Just Pink video

Breast cancer patient ambassadors Pascaline Fresneau, Barbara King, Carly Mahady and Tracy Bennett at the launch of the Breast Cancer Isn’t Just Pink video

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Carly Mahady wants the breast screening age of 50 to be lowered. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Carly Mahady’s reaction when she was told she had cancer in her right breast and needed a mastectomy at 24 is typical of the courage and grit demonstrated by the funny, spirited Dublin woman.

I wasn’t too fazed about it because I never bleedin’ liked my chest anyway, and had always said I would get a boob job one day,” she says. “So I was like, ‘sure go on, you may as well take it’. I didn’t care what they did once they got rid of the cancer.”


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