Breast cancer is the most common cancers affecting Kiwi women. Regular breast screening can save lives by finding breast cancer early, before it spreads.
While some cancers develop quite slowly over years, others can grow more quickly. It's important to find any cancer as early as possible.
That’s why you should get a regular mammogram every two years – it gives you the best chance of picking up any changes.
BreastScreen Aotearoa is New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme for women aged between 45 and 69. Find out more on the Time to Screen website(external link).
Cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to prevent – provided the cell changes that cause it are detected early. This is done through cervical screening. Fortunately, New Zealand has one of the best cervical screening programmes in the world. Find out more on the Time to Screen website(external link).
There are five main forms of gynaecological cancer - ovarian, cervical, endometrial (or uterine), vaginal, and vulval. For more information on these types of cancer, visit the New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation website(external link)(external link). You can also find out more about the gynaecological oncology services provided at National Women's.