BreastScreen Coast to Coast (BSCC) representatives will be in the Palmerston North Hospital main entrance on Friday 2 October between 10am – 2pm promoting the importance of breast screening for all eligible women aged 45 – 69, to mark the start of Breast
BreastScreen Coast to Coast (BSCC) representatives will be in the Palmerston North Hospital main entrance on Friday 2 October between 10am – 2pm promoting the importance of breast screening for all eligible women aged 45 – 69, to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You will be able to give your details to enrol or update your contact details with BSCC staff for the BSA Programme. This is a perfect opportunity to ask any questions you may have about breast screening and its potential benefits and harms. The BSCC staff look forward to seeing you there.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in New Zealand. Regular breast screening (mammograms) reduces the chances of dying from breast cancer by about 20 percent for women between 45 – 49 years; 30 percent for women aged between 50 and 65 years; and by about 45 percent for women between 65 to 69 years.
BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) is a national programme that provides free mammograms every two years for eligible women aged 45 to 69 years. The aim of the programme is to reduce women’s morbidity and mortality from breast cancer by identifying cancers at an early stage, allowing treatment to be commenced sooner than might otherwise have been possible. Finding breast cancer early means New Zealand women have a better chance of surviving the disease
BSCC’s Primary Care Nurse Coordinator will be delivering BSA posters and balloons to GP practices across MidCentral DHB to be available for October – ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ month. This is a small way of highlighting that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the importance of Breast Screening.
People may notice their practice nurse wearing one of the BreastScreen Aotearoa t-shirts during this month; hopefully this will start the discussion about whether to breast screen and its importance in reducing the chances of dying from breast cancer.
BSCC will also be giving a small gift to all women who newly enrol and are then screened at the Palmerston North site during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This to celebrate joining the BSA Programme and attending this important health check
Women turning 45 need to be aware that the BreastScreen Aotearoa is a self-enrolment programme. Please phone 0800 270 200 or go to the BreastScreen Aotearoa website www.breastscreen.govt.nz It is that easy.
Remember: Regular breast screening is important. Don’t put it off; it could save your life.
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945