Kerri-Anne Kennerley wants her breast cancer diagnosis to be a wake-up call for the public.

"I hope that every one of you takes advantage of the health checks that are available," Kennerley told _The Weekend West _.

Since the high-profile TV personality went public this week with her diagnosis, BreastScreen offices around Australia have been inundated with calls requesting appointments.

The 58-year-old said while she knew her story would have an impact, she had been overwhelmed by the response.

"I have done stories on cancer for 25 years, I know how this works," she said. "When people are in the public eye and they have an illness, things move along and recognition is a given.

"I knew that would be the case but I was staggered by the women who have responded already.

"I am buoyed by the fact that women over 50, they have booked that damn appointment because 80 per cent of breast cancer happens to women over 50." It was while making adjustments to a dance costume for a morning TV performance that Kennerley discovered the lump.

Within 12 hours she had the tests which confirmed it was cancer.

Scrutiny has been placed on Kennerley's decision to put off treatment so she could appear on Channel 7's Dancing with the Stars final tomorrow night.

But she stands by her choices.

"If my surgeon said you need to go in, I would be in like flash lightning. That is not the case," she said.

Whatever the outcome, Kennerley said she wanted to thank the public for their support.

The West Australian

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