Whanganui women urged to have mammogram
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Mammograms can find very small cancers before a woman is able to feel a lump in her breast.
 
So Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) population health & inequalities manager Rowena Kui is urging women aged 45 to 69 living in the WDHB district to join BreastScreen Aotearoa if they are not already part of the programme.
 
Mrs Kui says October Breast Cancer Action Month is the perfect time for women to think about the benefits of breast screening.
 
“Women aged between 45 and 69 who are not already part of BreastScreen Aotearoa can register to enrol on-line by going to www.breastscreen.govt.nz, or by ringing the freephone number 0800 270 200,” Mrs Kui says.
 
“And if you are part of the programme, but have put off having your regular mammogram, I urge you to make an appointment. Having a mammogram only takes a few minutes but it could save your life.
 
“New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme checks women for signs of early breast cancer and there is no doubt that early treatment of breast cancer has the best chance of success.”
 
Mrs Kui says a mobile unit will be at the Gonville Medical Centre from October 10 to October 21. A fixed site at Progressive Medical Imaging in Wicksteed St, Whanganui provides year round screening on behalf of BreastScreen Coast to Coast.
 
To make an appointment for a mammogram at both sites (appointments necessary), or for more information about BreastScreen Aotearoa or enrolments, call freephone 0800 270 200, or visit www.breastscreen.govt.nz.