Coming to a town near you!



After the tremendous success of last year’s inaugural Pink Caravan Tour, the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation is going on the road again – Their Pink Caravan will travel to 33 towns throughout New Zealand, from the Far North to Southland, with their specialist breastcare nurses on board.
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.

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