Spot­light on breast can­cer

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What does a breast lump feel like?

Women will have the chance to find out when Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion NZ’S iconic Pink Car­a­van comes to Pa¯ pa¯ moa to­mor­row.

With the use of a breast model, the BCFNZ Pink Car­a­van nurses of­fer women a hands-on way to learn what they should be feel­ing for when self-check­ing. The car­a­van also has vis­ual dis­plays of breast can­cer symp­toms that most women won’t have seen be­fore.

“Once you’ve seen them, you won’t for­get,” says the car­a­van’s breast nurse, Tr­ish Sole.

This year, Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion NZ is urg­ing women to “do it for the ones you love” and en­rol in Breastscreen Aotearoa’s free na­tional breast screen­ing pro­gramme. The car­a­van’s nurses can en­rol el­i­gi­ble women (aged 45 and up) when they visit.

■ The breast care nurses have vis­ual and hands-on dis­plays of breast can­cer symp­toms that most women won’t have seen be­fore, and use pros­thetic breasts to show what a lump feels like.

■ Un­der­stand your own fam­ily his­tory and life­style risk fac­tors ■ What to do if you are wor­ried ■ Talk about mammograms — how to en­rol and when and where to get one ■ The car­a­van has a fan­tas­tic range of printed in­for­ma­tion you can take with you, and a few freebies!

■ Ser­vices and sup­port avail­able to those who have or have had breast can­cer.

About breast can­cer in NZ:

■ More than 3300 women a year are di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in New Zealand

■ 90-95 per cent of women di­ag­nosed have no fam­ily his­tory of the dis­ease

■ Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion NZ rec­om­mends women con­sider hav­ing yearly breast screen­ing mammograms at age 40-49 years of age, then screen ev­ery two years from age 50. ■ Free screen­ing is avail­able for women from age 45 through Breastscreen Aotearoa. ■ The Pink Car­a­van will be out­side The Ware­house Pa¯pa¯moa to­mor­row from 9am to 4pm.

The Pink Car­a­van will be out­side Pa¯ pa¯ moa Ware­house to­mor­row from 9am and 4pm.

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