About the programme

BreastScreen Aotearoa was launched nationally in December 1998. This publicly funded programme offers free mammograms to eligible women aged between 45 and 69 years.

BreastScreen Aotearoa aims to reduce deaths from breast cancer by regularly screening women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. The more women who have breast screening, the more likely it is that death rates from breast cancer will be reduced.

Breast screening will tell you whether or not you have an increased chance of having breast cancer, not whether you actually have it.

Women with an increased chance of having breast cancer will be offered further testing to see if they do have breast cancer. Most women offered further testing will not have breast cancer. If breast cancer is found, you will be referred to a specialist for treatment. Treating breast cancer while it is still small gives you a better chance of successful treatment.

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Page last updated: 26 November 2014