Pink Caravan to visit Whanganui next week

7 November 2016

The Pink Caravan (photo by Chris Nuttall).
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Caravan is coming to Whanganui next week to educate women (and men) about breast cancer and how to recognise the signs and symptoms.
The caravan and two on-board specialist breast care nurses will be parked outside New World Whanganui on Thursday 17 November between 9am and 4pm.
This year’s Pink Caravan tour includes 32 New Zealand towns from the far north to Southland where women will be helped to recognise the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, to understand their family and lifestyle risk factors, and to know what to do if and when they have any concerns around their breast health.
“We’re inviting people to visit the Pink Caravan to talk to the nurses and see their hands-on displays of breast cancer symptoms and the prosthetic breasts they have to show what a lump feels like,” says Whanganui District Health Board service and business planning portfolio manager Candace Sixtus.
“Apart from being there to answer any questions people might have, the nurses will have resources and information for people to take away with them.
“When you consider that on average, more than 47 women in the Whanganui DHB region will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, it makes it all the more relevant for women to be screened and diagnosed to achieve the best possible outcome.”
Mrs Sixtus says worryingly, more than 1000 women nationally who are outside the free screening age group (women aged 45-69 years) are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. And among those women who are screened, breast cancers can still show up between mammograms.
“So we hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to find out all they can about breast cancer,” Mrs Sixtus says. “The more we know about it, the better placed we are to detect the signs, receive a diagnosis and begin treatment.”