Annual opportunity for breast cancer check

Monday July 11, 2016 Written by Published in Health

COOK ISLANDS women who are in Rarotonga for the next two weeks and who are over 40 years old or have a family history of breast cancer are being encouraged to take the opportunity to have breast checks while they are here.


A team of breast cancer specialists arrived on Saturday and will be here for the next two weeks. The Ministry of Health had been getting in touch with women who last had a mammogram two years ago or are on their annual recall list.

The group of women breast specialists from Australia, led by Dr Fran Jones, have been visiting Rarotonga, taking annual leave from their regular jobs, to carry out breast checks every year for six years now. President of the Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation, Jaewynn McKay says all women over 40 or women under that age with a family history of breast issues should make arrangements to be checked out next week.

“This wonderful team of women from Australia has been giving up their annual leave to come here and carry out these simple and non-invasive checks. There is nothing they enjoy more than to see us take up their generous offer of having these checks.”

“Both the Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ministry of Health are urging women in the susceptible age group, or from susceptible families, to come forward.

“So make an appointment and please keep it! If you have trouble getting to your appointment, please let us know we might be able to help you get there.”

“Breast cancer is a hideous disease. But early detection and treatment greatly increases the chance of affected women living much longer to enjoy, and be enjoyed by their families.”

“Mammogram fortnight” starts today at Rarotonga Hospital.

For more information or to make an appointment please phone Rarotonga hospital on 22 664.             - Release

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