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​Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct. 17, 2018


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Being the third most common cancer and the cause of 600 deaths per year in New Zealand, breast cancer is a burden carried by thousands of women and men every day.

Fortunately, we have the potential to improve survival with breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Join the staff at Medplus in showing your support. We want to promote health and empower you and your loved ones to get checked.

The most important way to cure breast cancer is through early detection. Mammograms are low-dose X-rays that are used to screen for changes in breast tissue – even small changes that cannot be felt. This means that many breast cancers can be found and treated at a stage before they have the chance to grow large or spread. Certain women meet the criteria for free regular mammograms. For more information and to see if you are eligible, visit https://www.timetoscreen.nz/breast-screening/.

Although mammograms detect most breast cancers, some can still be missed. Performing regular breast self-exams can help you to know what is normal for you and pick up any lumps that might be missed by mammograms. We also recommend women from the age of 40 to have a clinical breast check by a doctor, who will be happy to discuss mammography with you during the same consultation.

On the 27th October, a Medplus team led by Dr Fiona Kerr will be participating in the Pink Star Walk 2018. All are welcome to join, and you can help us to fundraise at https://pinkstarwalk.co.nz/collections/medplus. Donations to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation will allow them continue to support those with breast cancer, provide education and contribute to research.

Think pink and spread the word!

Grace Yan, 5th Year Medical Student.