Breast cancer is one of the most frequently seen forms of cancer among women. However, the disease has high cure rate provided that, it is detected early. Therefore, mammography screening programs are carried out in a wide range of countries. Females living in Albany, northern New Zealand, will be now able to use the services of a mobile mammography breast screening unit, offered by BreastScreen Waitemata Northland.
The mobile mammography unit is going to offer its services at the Westfield Albany car park, in the period from January the 10th to 14th. The service is an example of the continuous efforts from BreastScreen Waitemata Northland to promote the accessibility of breast cancer screening to women.
Moira McLeod, program manager for BreastScreen Waitemata Northland, explained “Breast cancer is the most common cancer among New Zealand women. Each year more than 2600 women in New Zealand are diagnosed with breast cancer. Between 90 to 95% of these women have no family history of breast cancer and more than 650 of these women will die from the disease. Early detection could help save the lives of many.”
Free mammography screenings are offered to women aged between 45 and 69 once every two years. The procedure has capabilities to identify cancerous tissues as small as 2 mm, while the cancer can be felt when it is about 2-3 cm. The mobile mammography breast cancer screening unit is supported with the latest digital x-ray and satellite technology. The unit was created to confirm maximum comfort to the involved women; it includes a reception area, a private area for waiting, a couple of changing rooms, and a screening room where breast imaging takes place.