Why go for a mammogram
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Kiwi women. Regular mammograms can save lives by finding breast cancer early, before it spreads.
Mammograms can find breast cancer early
You are more likely to survive breast cancer if it is found early and is still small. Mammograms can show changes inside a breast before they can be felt.
While some cancers develop quite slowly over years, others can grow more quickly. It’s important to find any cancer as early as possible before it spreads.
That’s why it’s important to get a regular mammogram every 2 years – it gives you the best chance of picking up any changes. You just need to sign up to get an appointment time.
You can find out more at Benefits and risks of screening mammograms.
Checking for symptoms
Even if you’re having regular mammograms, watch out for changes in your breasts. If you find something, don’t wait for your next mammogram – see your doctor soon.
You can find out about breast cancer symptoms at About breast cancer.
Preventing breast cancer
There is no certain way to prevent breast cancer, but there are some things that can increase or reduce your risk. You can find out more at Can breast cancer be prevented?
Remember the most common risk factors are things you can’t change. That’s why it’s important to be aware of any changes to your breasts and to have regular mammograms.