Ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UNO joined with Bay Radiology
to discuss caring for our community.

Radiologist helping patient with mammogram

Are you all ready to wear Pink for a Day to raise funds for breast cancer support this October? Perhaps you’ve registered to collect for the Pink Ribbon appeal, or you’re warming up with your friends for the Pink Star Walk. Either way, we applaud you – yet we can’t help but wonder, what are you doing to keep yourself in the pink?

We all know knowledge is power, and when cancer’s involved, early detection is key. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women, and the sooner it’s spotted, the better your chances of beating it before it spreads.

Although self-examination is essential, regular mammograms can pick up tiny cancers that fingertips can’t find, and this October, Bay Radiology wants to encourage women to join together with their female friends and family members to ensure they’re getting the best care.

If you’re aged 40-50 or have previously had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram every year; if you’re 50 or older, you should have one every two years. If you’ve noticed any symptoms (such as pain, a lump or discharge), don’t wait for screening – see your doctor ASAP to organise a diagnostic mammogram.

Private-screening mammograms are available through Bay Radiology in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Whakatane, and they’re also the region’s provider of the BreastScreen Aotearoa programme. If you’re aged 45-69, your mammogram could be free once every two years, yet 30% of eligible Kiwi women aren’t having regular mammograms! You can find out if you’re covered by calling 0800 270 200 or visiting breastscreen.govt.nz.

Regular mammography can reduce breast cancer deaths by 30%. This October, how about rallying your troops and doing something for yourselves?