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Janet Kake, 53, has been diagnosed with breast cancer three times.
The Eumundi resident was first diagnosed with cancer at 33-years-of-age and lastly three years ago.
“The first time I was diagnosed, I only went to see the doctor because I had a pain under my arm – luckily, he was very experienced and sent me for a mammogram straight away,” she said.
“My most recent diagnosis came only two weeks after I had told my parents I had decided to have a double mastectomy. It was while I was going through that process that I was told I had cancer again.”
Despite five surgeries and taxing treatments she regards her cancer experience as a gift.
“Every time I had breast cancer I learnt more about myself and prioritised what was truly important, such as spending time with my children,” she said.
In honour of her resilience, positivity and passion for raising awareness, Janet has been named the Face of the 2017 Sunshine Coast Walk For Women’s Cancers.
The walk will be held on 2 September in Alexandra Headland to fund-raise for the Cancer Council Queensland.
“I had a great network of friends and family which made all the difference; the reason I like to fund-raise and spread the word about the Cancer Council’s work is because I know not everyone is as lucky to have that strong support base,” she said.
“If by sharing my story someone is more vigilant and learns to listen to their body, it will be worth it, as early diagnosis gives a better chance of survival.
“My message to people is to take the fear out of the disease, by informing yourself and getting checked.”
To register for the 3km or 6km Sunshine Coast Walk For Women’s Cancers visit cancerqld.org.au/walkforwomenscancers or call 1300 65 65 85.

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