Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand women. 

Did You Know?

  • Many people put themselves in danger by not being more aware of their body and the way it changes 
  • The earlier you spot any potentially worrying changes in your body, the smaller the likelihood of getting into trouble with your health. 
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Breast cancer is uncommon in women under 50.
  • Some women are at greater risk of breast cancer because there is a history of close family members having the disease.
  • Women who breastfeed can have a lower risk of breast cancer.

What Can I Do?

  • Women should regularly check their breasts for any lumps. 
  • Get to know your body so you can tell when anything is different. 
  • If you notice anything different - especially a lump where there wasn't one before - report it to your health professional immediately. 
  • For older women, breast screening using mammography (breast x-rays) followed by appropriate treatment is the best way of reducing the chance of dying from breast cancer. 
  • Taking part in screening programmes will help you to act on potentially troublesome signs early on.

Breast Screening

  • The aim of breast screening is to find very small cancers before a lump can be found on the breast. Early treatment has the best chance of success.
  • BreastScreen Aotearoa is a national breast screening programme free for women aged 45 to 69 years 
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Breast cancer is uncommon in women under 50.

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