BreastScreen Coast to Coast will be in the Palmerston North Hospital main entrance on Monday 3 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.
There you will be able to give your details to enrol, update your address, and have the perfect opportunity to ask the breast care nurse any questions you may have about breast screening. BreastScreen Coast to Coast 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 if you are aged between 45 – 49 years; 30 percent if you are aged between 50 and 65 years; and by about 45 percent if you are between 65 to 69 years.
BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) is a national programme that provides free mammograms every two years and follow-up for asymptomatic 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 a woman has a better chance of surviving the disease
Women turning 45 need to be aware that the BreastScreen Aotearoa is a self-enrolment programme. Please phone 0800 270 200 for more information or to enrol 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