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The key messages for breast screening are:

  • Nearly 10% of women in New Zealand develop breast cancer.
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age.
  • Free mammograms (breast x-rays) are available for women aged 45-69 years through BreastScreen Aotearoa.
  • Screening mammograms detect breast cancer before you can feel or notice anything unusual.
  • Early detection and treatment can save lives (and has saved lives).
  • It is recommended that an eligible woman has a mammogram every two years.  
  • Most women who have mammograms will be reassured they do not have breast cancer.
  • Most women who develop breast cancer have no relatives with the disease.
  • Women of any age who feel or notice anything unusual about their breasts should seek advice from their doctor.