Kahurangi Ross has a message for women about breast screening. “We have an attitude in New Zealand, where ‘she’ll be right’. But that’s wrong. Māori women are often embarrassed about screening but we need to be around for our tamariki and mokopuna.
Kahurangi is no stranger to breast cancer. Her mother passed away at age 45, when Kahurangi was just 21. She says: “Get out of your comfort zone and just do it.
“There’s probably no one out there, who hasn’t been affected by cancer.”
Manager of BreastScreen Coast to Coast, Denise Mallon said: “We’re grateful to Kahurangi for getting behind this campaign. We’ve heard her story, and hope that her story is not told in vain. Regular screening ensures we catch things early”
Breast screening is free for women aged between 45 and 69 years. Call 0800 270 200 to book an appointment.
Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945.