Today 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer
That is 8 women EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!
This year 600+ will most likely die, yet 30% of eligible women aren’t enrolled in free screening
And sadly 60% of young women don’t know the signs beyond a lump
- Around 3,000 New Zealand women and 20 men are diagnosed every year – eight women every single day
- The risk of breast cancer increases as women age. Around 75% of all cases occur in women over 50 years.
- More than 600 New Zealand women die from breast cancer each year. Mortality rates have dropped by 27% since 1994 – a function of greater breast health awareness, the introduction of the national screening programme for women 44-69 years and more cancers being found earlier enabling successful treatment.
- Regular mammograms find cancer early and save lives. The 10 year survival rate is 92% if a breast cancer is found through a mammogram compared to 75% if the cancer is detected by chance/self examination because the cancer is generally more advanced when a symptom appears. (source: NZ Breast Cancer Patient Registers).
- The national screening rate is below 70% of women aged 50-69.