Women can put on brave front in plas­ter

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Ru­ral Women New Zealand is boldly fronting up to Breast Can­cer Ac­tion Month, pro­mot­ing body art to re­mind women of all ages to reg­u­larly ex­am­ine them­selves and to stay alert to any changes in their breast health.

‘‘We’re build­ing on our hugely suc­cess­ful Let’s Get Plas­tered for Breast Can­cer cam­paign in 2010 and once again sell­ing breast plas­ter­ing kits,’’ said Ru­ral Women New Zealand national pres­i­dent Liz Evans.

Last year, women got to­gether to cre­ate beau­ti­ful breast sculp­tures, which were then dis­played at art spa­ces around the coun­try.

‘‘Breast plas­ter­ing is a great way to break down bar­ri­ers and en­cour­ages peo­ple to talk about this im­por­tant health is­sue that af­fects thou­sands of New Zealand women, and even a hand­ful of men, ev­ery year,’’ she said.

Breast can­cer is New Zealand’s most com­mon fe­male can­cer, and the lead­ing cause of can­cer death in women, with one in nine de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease dur­ing their life­time.

More than 600 women die from breast can­cer in New Zealand each year.

Mam­mary Mem­o­ries re­minds women that early de­tec­tion saves breasts, and lives.

‘‘By cre­at­ing per­sonal plas­ter casts we hope women will be en­cour­aged to take a hands-on ap­proach to mon­i­tor­ing their breasts.

‘‘We also want to sup­port women who are fac­ing mas­tec­tomies who may wish to cre­ate their own Mam­mary Mem­ory be­fore their breast surgery,’’ said Mrs Evans.

Prof­its from the sale of the plas­ter­ing kits will go to the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion, build­ing on the $16,000 Ru­ral Women New Zealand do­nated last year.

That money was used for re­search into breast can­cer treat­ment choices and out­comes for ru­ral women in South­land and Otago, which is be­ing car­ried out by As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Su­san Dovey of the Univer­sity of Otago.

Breast plas­ter­ing kits, in­clud­ing full in­struc­tions, are avail­able from Ru­ral Women New Zealand for $10 plus postage and pack­ag­ing.

Go to www.ru­ral­women.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

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