Spotlight on breast cancer
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.