Free breast screening for eligible women aged 45 to 69 years is provided by the national breast screening program
The aim of breast screening is to find very small cancers before a lump can be felt in the breast. Early treatment has the best chance of success.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand women.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.
Three-quarters of women who get it are over 50. Breast cancer is uncommon in women under 50.
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.
If you live in Otago your Breast Screening provider is BreastScreen HealthCare; Dunedin Hospital, Ground Floor, Corner Fredrick and Cumberland Streets, Dunedin
If you live in Southland your Breast Screening provider is BreastScreen HealthCare; Southland Hospital, Kew Road, Invercargill
To contact BreastScreen HealthCare Phone: 0800 270 200
The mobile breast screen unit visits rural towns regularly. The timetable of visits is regularly updated.