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BreastScreen Aotearoa is New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme for women aged between 45 and 69.
What is breast screening?
- Breast screening is when a mammogram (breast x-ray) is performed on women with no obvious breast changes
- Breast screening can find cancer early and that means you have a better chance of beating it
- It can pick up tiny cancers that can't be felt
- You need to have breast screening every two years as breast cancers can grow in that time and you want to find them while they are still small
- Screening mammograms cannot prevent development of breast cancer, but do reduce the chance of dying from breast cancer by approximately a third.
In this section
Breast cancer is a malignant area in the breast. When it spreads into the surrounding breast tissue, it is called invasive breast cancer.
BreastScreen Aotearoa was launched nationally in December 1998. This publicly funded programme offers free mammograms to eligible women aged between 45 and 69 years.
This interactive diagram guides you through the breast screening process.
BreastScreen Aotearoa centres are located throughout New Zealand and are wheelchair accessible.
In these sections you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about the Breast Screening Programme.
Access information pamphlets explaining the breast screening programme and how regular mammograms help in the early detection of breast cancer, along with information on mammograms.
Many New Zealanders participate in screening programmes and have their own stories to tell. We are privileged to be able to share some of those stories.
Page last updated: 24 November 2014
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