Mammogram bus takes to the road

Tuesday July 28, 2015 Written by Release Published in Health
Co-sponsors of the transport taking Pa Enua women to their mammograms, Raro Tours’ Joy Young and CIBCF president Jaewynn McKay. Co-sponsors of the transport taking Pa Enua women to their mammograms, Raro Tours’ Joy Young and CIBCF president Jaewynn McKay.

For the first three days of this week a 19-seater green bus will be doing circuits around the hostels taking visiting women from the Pa Enua up to the hospital for a mammogram. 

Thanks to sponsorship from the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation and Raro Tours, the bus will stopping at all the hostels and picking up women who have been identified by the Ministry of Health for the breast screening programme. 

After they’ve had their mammogram they will be returned to their respective hostels. 

For some like Joy Young, this will be their first mammogram. Joy recently turned 40 and wasted no time in getting her breasts checked – she had her first mammogram last week. 

The experience wasn’t as ‘painful’ and she was led to believe it would be. “What’s a little pain? Nothing, if it gives me peace of mind.”

If, like Joy, you are 40 or over and have not had a mammogram or you haven’t had one for 2 or more years, it’s not too late to make an appointment. 

Just phone the hospital on 22 664. 

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