Have a go for health

Central Leader - - News -

Re­duc­ing the num­ber of women who die from cer­vi­cal can­cer is the aim of an event in One­hunga this week­end.

Or­gan­ised by Breast­Screen Coun­ties Manukau, Auck­land City Coun­cil, Fam­ily Plan­ning and a num­ber of other health or­gan­i­sa­tions, Have A Go Day aims to in­crease the num­ber of women hav­ing cer­vi­cal smear tests.

En­try is free and lo­cals can en­joy food and sport.

Nurs­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and health pro­mo­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ruth Davy says the event is about break­ing down the bar­ri­ers, es­pe­cially for shy and self-con­scious women.

She says New Zealand fig­ures show that without three-yearly cer­vi­cal screen­ing, one in 90 women de­velop cer­vi­cal can­cer and one in 200 will die from it.

With reg­u­lar screen­ing, she says only one in 570 will de­velop the dis­ease and one in 1280 will die from it.

Have A Go Day is part of the One­hunga Bay Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val, be­ing held the One­hunga Basin to­mor­row from 10am to 4pm.

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