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They will be at the Pukekohe Town Square on Tuesday September 15 and will head on to Waiuku New World Supermarket on Wednesday September 16. Their aim is for women everywhere to know all the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, to understand their family and lifestyle risk factors, and to know what to do if they have any worries.
“We’re inviting women – and men – to pop into the Pink Caravan with their questions”.
The Caravan will have hands-on displays of breast cancer symptoms that most women won’t have seen before, and we’ll use prosthetic breasts to show what a lump feels like. Nurse
Janice Wood says, “I’m really looking forward to ‘manning’ the Pink Caravan and meeting local women to answer their questions. We have some fantastic resources and information on board, and the message is very important – more than 255 women in the Counties Manukau DHB region will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
The earlier they’re diagnosed, the better the outcome, so we’ll be advising on screening and how to look out for the full range of breast cancer symptoms.” The NZBCF is also asking locals to visit the caravan to sign their petition – they want the government to extend free screening to age 74, up from the current limit of 69. New Zealand is lagging behind countries like Australia and Britain in this, and a woman’s breast cancer risk is higher in her 70s than it was at 50. The Pink Caravan is a real home-grown Kiwi community story and they rely on kind volunteers from the NZ Motor Caravan Association around the country to tow the caravan from town to town – it’s a massive relay around the country. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post