Women in western Auckland are being encouraged to get a free mammogram when BreastScreen Waitemata Northland's digital mobile screening unit visits Glen Eden for the first time next month.
Moira McLeod, programme manager for BreastScreen Waitemata Northland, encourages women who have never had a mammogram or who have not had one for more than two years to take advantage of the free appointments on offer.
"Having a mammogram can save your life. It can detect a cancerous growth as small as 2 mm, which is about the size of a grain of rice. By comparison when a breast cancer can be felt, it is on average 2 to 3 cm - the size of a walnut."
Women aged 45 to 69 are entitled to a free mammogram every two years.
The unit will be based at the Parrs Park carpark in Glen Eden (116 Parrs Cross Rd between Seymour and West Coast Rd) between June 11 and 22.
Ms McLeod says the digital screening process is fast.
"All it takes is 15 minutes - and it could save you or your loved one's life."
Women are welcome to visit the unit to find out more about the breastscreening process.
The unit is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.45am to 3.30pm.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 0800 270 200 or txt the word 'breastscreen' to 4040. Free transport is available to and from appointments, if required.
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