Bra-vo Newstalk host Dr Ciara Kelly broadcasts topless and has cancer screening live on air
DR Ciara Kelly has said she was not trying to be sensational by having a mammogram and broadcasting topless live on air.
In what could be a radio first for the Newstalk presenter, Dr Kelly consented to have her breast screening carried out live on her breakfast show.
The former GP and now radio host said the point of the item was to inform women who have not yet visited a clinic for a breast scan, that the service was operating as normal.
And she said that at no time was she trying to create sensational radio in a bid for ratings.
“Look I have gotten my kit off, yes, but I heard it back afterwards and there are a few awkward moments where the radiographer is saying things like, ‘I am lifting your right breast’," she told the Sunday World.
“And I was half mortified listening to it if I am honest.
“But that is what women go through and while I knew what a mammogram machine looks like and what it did; I really didn’t know what it felt like.
“I knew it was uncomfortable but it is very different being the person who is semi naked in a room and sticking your boob into a machine.
“I suspect it was (a radio first), I have never had a mammogram before.
“There was one point where I was on air and I was taking off my bra and my top and now I was broadcasting topless and it was really weird.
“I would be fairly sure it was an Irish radio first.”
The item went out live this morning in conjunction with the news that BreastCheck has relaunched after seven months of closure due to the pandemic.
And according to Dr Kelly the service is keen to see women who are due to be seen, or who have concerns for their health, to be screened.
“There were no visuals going out on this and we weren't trying to be sensational in any way,” she said.
“The truth of it is that all cancer screening has stopped in this country for seven months.
“BreastCheck picks up 100 cancers a month, so when you think about it, that is 700 cancers that weren't picked up over those months.
“They are trying to work to get through the cases of the women who were due to be screened.
“But the backlog will take a long time to shift.
“There will be cancers that are missed.
“There will be women's lives that will be affected by this.
“So, we thought it was very important to highlight it.
“They asked me would I do it on air and to be honest, I would do anything to try and show women that the service is open and available and it is run really well.”
Ciara hopes that the broadcast will encourage those who are nervous, there’s nothing in reality, to be concerned about.
However, when she was surprised with her results after the show, she admitted that for a split second, she was terrified at the prospect of receiving a positive diagnosis.
“I got the result after the show,” she added.
“The reason I got the result so quickly was that I had to interview the professor after the show.
“And she said she would have a look while she was here.
“And at that point I got a small bit of a land.
“Because in my head I was doing a radio item to highlight the importance of screening. It never struck me that I was getting screened myself.
“And for a split second I was petrified that I may have cancer.
“It was a real thing for me and I had no idea what she was going to say.
“No, I do not have cancer, it was a normal mammogram and that is great.
“But I had that moment that any woman going for a mammogram will have where you have to wait for a result.
“I felt it, I really did and that was interesting too.”