Have a go for health
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.