I survived breast cancer because I found it early
About the programme
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.
In this section
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in New Zealand women. Over 600 women die from it each year and as we get older, our risk increases.
You can have a free screening mammogram every two years through BreastScreen Aotearoa if:
There are three ways you can join the BSA programme.
As a patient, you have the right to be told everything about your health and the care you are receiving. Your consent or agreement is needed before any procedure takes place.