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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer and accounts for more than 600 deaths every year.

If breast cancer is caught early and small the likelihood of survival is much higher.

Mammograms can show changes inside the breast before they can be felt.

Aotearoa has a national screening programme for women aged 45-69.

Looking and feeling for changes in your breasts is just as important as engaging with the screening programme.

There are so many ways you can help yourself, your whanau and your community to help more people become aware of the importance of checking and screening.

For more information about Aotearoa’s screening programme visit

and to find out more about what events are on in your region this month to support Breast Cancer Awareness.

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