13 Feb 2012

Wahine breast screening numbers improving

6:55 pm on 13 February 2012

The number of Maori women going for breast cancer screening is rising.

Figures for October 2011 show 62% of wahine getting mammograms, up from 52.2% in December 2008 and a rise of nearly 10%..

The Ministry of Health's manager in charge of the National Screening Unit, Jacqui Akuhata-Brown, says health providers are investing a lot of time in getting women to enter the programme - and to come back.

She says the support includes collecting women from their homes and driving them to the clinic to be screened.

Ms Akuhata-Brown says if the wahine are treated well, they return for another mammogram.