Around 3000 NZ women and 20 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Early detection is crucial. A study released in 2015 revealed a 34% reduction in the rate of death among women screened for breast cancer through the BreastScreen Aotearoa programme. This is compared with women who have never been screened before. The study also shows a 28% reduction in the rate of death for Māori women and a 40% reduction for Pacific women. Regular screening reduces these rates still further.
BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) started screening women aged 50-64 in 1998. The eligible age range was extended to 45-69 years in 2004. Around 375,000 women received a mammogram in the two years to October 2014.
A short summary of the report can be downloaded here:https://goo.gl/6T3P3Q. The full document is here: https://goo.gl/EgDOqk. There is a great ‘frequently asked questions’ document here: http://goo.gl/Kx0Ora if you are looking for general information.