New South Wales breast physician Dr Fran Jones who has been visiting the island over the past few days, says women shouldn’t take the free breast-screening programme for granted.
The team, which has visited Rarotonga for the past 10 years, consists of Dr Jones (breast physician), Susan Solvyns (sonographer) and Anne Anderson and Jenn Broadbent, both radiographers.
Dr Jones said the past few days had been busy for the team, adding they had been overwhelmed with the positive response they had been received from the public.
“It’s getting better every time we come here and the response is really good. We get busier each time and we examine about 46-48 patients in a day.”
She said the free programme was also another way to remind women of the importance of getting screened.
The Ministry of Health would continue to provide advice to any women found to be suffering problems, but the onus was on individuals to organise to have a mammogram.
“We are encouraging any women who feel a lump or something unusual in their breast, please go to the nearest health centre and get yourself checked.”
The free programme ends next Thursday.