Pink Car­a­van re­turns to Tok

South Waikato News - - Your Health - NEW ZEALAND BREAST CAN­CER FOUN­DA­TION

After the suc­cess of last year’s Pink Car­a­van Tour, the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion is go­ing on the road again.

The car­a­van will travel to 32 towns, in­clud­ing Toko­roa on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 27, with a spe­cial­ist breast­care nurse on board.

The aim is to make women aware of all the signs and symp­toms of breast can­cer, to un­der­stand their fam­ily and life­style risk fac­tors, and to know what to do if they have any wor­ries.

Women and men are be­ing in­vited to pop into the Pink Car­a­van when it is at New World Toko­roa with their ques­tions. The car­a­van will have hands-on dis­plays of breast can­cer symp­toms that most women won’t have seen be­fore, and pros­thetic breasts will be used to show what a lump feels like.

Nurse Deb Swann said she was look­ing for­ward to meet­ing lo­cals and an­swer­ing ques­tions.

‘‘More than 220 women in the Waikato Dis­trict Health Board re­gion will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer this year. The ear­lier they’re di­ag­nosed, the bet­ter the out­come,’’ she said.

Swann said they will be ad­vis­ing on screen­ing and how to look out for the full range of breast can­cer symp­toms.

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