Women in Hawke’s Bay are invited to hop on board Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s iconic pink caravan, ‘Pinkie’, over the next few weeks, where specialist breast nurses will be available to chat about breast health.
Pinkie will be at the following sites between 9am-2:30pm each day:
- New World Waipukurau on Thursday 25 November
- New World Flaxmere on Tuesday 30 November
- The Warehouse Hastings on Wednesday 1 December
- Camberley Community Centre, Hastings on Thursday 2 December (8:30am-12pm only, then breast nurses will host an information stall inside Hastings Library 1:00-3:30pm)
- PAK’nSAVE Hastings on Friday 3 December
- New World Havelock North on Monday 6 December
- Four Square Taradale on Tuesday 7 December
- The Warehouse Napier on Wednesday 8 December
- PAK’nSAVE Tamatea on Thursday 9 December
“It’s a great chance to talk about mammograms, get advice about checking your breasts, and learn how you can reduce your breast cancer risk. Our breast nurses are trained professionals who can give expert advice about symptoms, treatments, support groups and post-surgery options,” said Emilie Petitdemange, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s Pink Caravan Coordinator.
“One of Pinkie’s star attractions is Bessie, a life-like torso which shows the visible signs of breast cancer. Many women are often surprised to learn what a lump actually feels like, so we urge everyone to come along and find out for themselves!”
Around 145 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the Hawke’s Bay DHB area every year, and around 30 will die from it. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for New Zealand women but research shows the earlier it is detected, the better the outcome. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ encourages women to be breast aware from the age of 20 and to consider starting mammograms at 40.
Visit breastcancerfoundation.org.nz/pinkcaravan to learn more about the Pink Caravan. Anyone who can’t visit Pinkie in person is welcome to call our free nurse advice line on 0800 BC NURSE (0800 226 8773),” Emilie added.