Kerri-Anne hopes for all-clear
Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Judy Schroeder at the new Rose Clinic in David Jones. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

Television personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley is yet to get the all-clear from her oncologist but is confident almost seven weeks of radiation therapy has wiped out her breast cancer.

At the launch yesterday of WA's first in-store BreastScreen clinic at David Jones in Hay Street, she said "all should be well" and was hopeful that would be the end of her active treatment.

But the 59-year-old did not rule out taking pills to prevent the cancer coming back, if her doctor recommended it.

Kennerley, who has maintained a busy schedule including reporting for Channel 7's Sunday Night, was diagnosed with breast cancer this year, after finding a lump in her breast.

A mammogram confirmed two tumours.

They were removed by lumpectomy, which preserves most of the breast tissue, and she had radiation therapy that finished a fortnight ago.

Speaking at the launch of the Rose Clinic, which is expected to offer free screening to 5000 women a year, Kennerley said she had had a "heck of a year".

"Sometimes I didn't think I'd see the end of it, and sometimes I didn't think I wanted to, but this year I discovered I wasn't bulletproof," she said.

"Before that I'd given up counting how many times I'd talked to people with cancer and, while I always did it with respect, I'd always thought 'how sad for them'.

"I never thought it would be me."

Kennerley said she had not thought twice about going public with her story and using it to encourage other women to have regular checking through BreastScreen.

When she revealed her own battle with cancer, the number of appointments at Victorian clinics quadrupled.

Women's health experts say that just as Kylie Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis in 2005 prompted many young women to seek breast checks - referred to as the "Kylie Effect" - many older women have booked mammograms as a result of Kennerley's battle.

But the big difference is that Kennerley is in the ideal age group to promote screening, which is recommended from age 50, when most breast cancer occurs.

The West Australian

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