What does the chest feel like? Women in Tauranga will have the opportunity to find out when the pink caravan of the Breast Cancer Foundation comes to town.
With the use of a breast model, caravan nurses offer women a practical way to find out what they should feel when checking for themselves. The caravan also has visual displays of breast cancer symptoms that most women will not see before.
It will be parked in the warehouse on the front page of Fraser from 9 am to 4 pm on Wednesday; Warehouse at the same time on Thursday; and again in the Warehouse in Papamoa.
Breast Sister Trish Shole said: "Once you see them, you will not forget it."
This year, the Foundation invites women to "do it for those you love" and sign up for the BreastScreen Aotearoa Free National Breast Care Program. Sisters of caravans can enroll qualified women (ages 45 and over) when visiting.
· Nursing nurses have visual and practical presentations of breast cancer symptoms that most women will not see before, and use prosthetic breasts to show what the bra is.
· Understanding your own family history and lifestyle risk factors (my mother and aunt had breast cancer, what is my risk?)
· What to do if you are worried
· Men are welcome to come and learn and take information from women in their lives – and realize that men can get breast cancer
· Talk about mammograms – how to enroll and when and where to get
· The caravan has a fantastic range of printed information that you can take with you, and a few free ones!
· Services and support available to those who have or have had breast cancer.
About breast cancer in New Zealand:
– More than 3,300 women per year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the NZ – that's nine women per day
– 90-95 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease
– About 350 NZ women under the age of 45 (when free mammography starts) will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year – this is one woman per day
– More than 600 women will die from breast cancer this year – around the size of a large elementary school.
– The earlier breast cancer, the better outcome. A survival rate of 10 years is 92 percent if a cancer is detected by a regular mammography for review
– Breast Cancer Foundation NZ recommends that women take into account annual mammograms for breast screening aged 40-49, and then review every two years at age 50.
– A free review is available for women aged 45 to BreastScreen Aotearoa.