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Free breastscreening in Warkworth

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Women in Warkworth are being encouraged to get a free mammogram when BreastScreen Waitemata Northland's digital mobile screening unit visits their area in the coming weeks.

Moira McLeod, programme manager for BreastScreen Waitemata Northland, says women aged 45 to 69 are entitled to a free mammogram every two years.

"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."

The unit will be based at the Mitre 10 Mega carpark on the corner of Woodcocks Rd & Mansel Dr between April 30 and May 19.

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 8.30am to 3.30pm, and on Saturdays from 8.30am to 12.15pm. Evening appointments will also be available on May 7.

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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