LOURDES Catap would shout from the rooftops about the importance of mammograms if she could.
The Mount Druitt Hospital nurse may not be alive today if she hadn't had screenings every two years.
She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2009 after a routine mammogram.
The youngest of her five children was seven at the time.
"As a nurse I was shocked," Mrs Catap, 52, told the Star. "I was more fearful about telling my loved ones. I just put my head down and battled on. We've all got to go in this life and if it was my time, it was my time."
After a 20 months of treatment which included two rounds of chemotherapy, an operation and radiation, Mrs Catap is in remission.
"I'm lopsided but alive," she said.
"I have two grandchildren I want to see grow up."
She thanked BreastScreen staff for the reminder letters and hopes to become an advocate for others.
"There might be a bit of discomfort but it's small price to pay," she said.
"It increases your chance of survival."
She shared her story with Health Minister Jillian Skinner, who visited Mount Druitt BreastScreen NSW last week to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Ms Skinner welcomed the opportunity to talk about breast cancer awareness.
"I've lost several friends to breast cancer in the last few years," she said.
To book an appointment at Mount Druitt BreastScreen, call 132050 or go to bsnsw.org.au.