While a mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer early, it’s important for all women to be ‘breast aware’ from age 20 and maintain a self-checking routine before starting regular mammograms. Getting to know how your breasts normally look and feel will help you notice any changes. Young women, although lower risk, can get breast cancer too and often it’s more aggressive.
The good news is that most breast lumps are not cancerous. What’s more, the survival rate of breast cancer is generally good, if it’s found and treated early. The Foundation strongly urges anyone worried about changes to their breasts, to see their doctor straight away.
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) recommends all women follow these three priorities for breast health:
1. Have a regular screening mammogram from 40
2. Know your breasts from 20
3. Talk to your family doctor
Download a Breast Awareness Card:
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