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Time is precious, it’s ‘Time to Screen’

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Farah Palmer, former captain of the Black Ferns and Massey lecturer is asking women “if you look after your team on the field, why not off the field?”

Farah, along with other women from the local community, has featured in BreastScreen Coast to Coast’s Time to Screen campaign, encouraging women to book in for their regular breast screening. She is passionate about doing anything to encourage more Māori women to take part in the screening programme.

Farah said: “We are so time poor, and put everyone first. This is a reminder to not feel guilty for putting your own health first. It’s a great way to identify any issues early on, and that has lots of benefits.”

Farah continued: “It’s not as painful as you think it’s going to be; the women at BreastScreen Coast to Coast explain everything. They also make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, and they create a relaxing environment. They’re really accommodating, so organise with them to get a group together if that makes you feel more comfortable.”

BreastScreen Coast to Coast Manager, Denise Mallon said: “Farah is such a wonderful role model and we’re grateful for her input into this campaign. Farah is right that women are busy, but equally we are important and need to take the time to screen. We are willing to accommodate groups if that makes women feel more comfortable getting their mammogram.”

Breast screening is free for women aged between 45 and 69 years. Call 0800 270 200 to book an appointment.

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