Give Us Our Mammograms • Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

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Give Us Our Mammograms

Help us take action to prevent avoidable deaths from breast cancer

Since October 2021, we’ve been telling the Government it’s unacceptable to have 50,000 women waiting for their mammogram. Without major investment, the backlog won’t be cleared – but our calls for $15m in funding to restore breast screening have been ignored.

Help us to send a powerful visual message to the Government that this isn’t good enough:

  1. Download and print our “#GiveUsOurMammograms” sign, using the link below.
  2. Have someone take a photo of you with the sign held in front of your chest.
  3. Upload your picture using the form below and share it on social media to encourage more people to take action.*

We’ll collate everyone’s photos and deliver them to Government Ministers. The more photos we collect, the stronger our message will be.

*By sending us your photo, you’ll be giving us permission to use your photo publicly as part of this campaign.

“Mammograms are the best tool for an early diagnosis and it’s crucial everyone can get their regular mammograms when they’re due. Help us tell the Government this backlog of 50,000 is unacceptable!” – Stacey Morrison, Broadcaster and Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ambassador.

Fill out our form and upload your image!

Why take action

We knew Covid-19 was having an impact on breast cancer diagnoses and now we know the extent of that problem. 50,000 Kiwi women are overdue their mammograms due to breast screening being stopped or heavily reduced during lockdowns.

Continued delays to screening mean hundreds of women could have breast cancer without knowing it. A devastating statistic, given breast cancer is already the number one cause of death for New Zealand women under 65.

We are calling on the Government to commit $15 million to urgently clear the mammogram backlog and prevent women being diagnosed late. We want every woman to have the best chance of survival, and that means finding breast cancer early.

#GiveUsOurMammograms is the next phase of our Missing Women campaign and supports our petition signed by more than 10,600 people, urging the Government to restore and extend the screening programme.

Participation in BreastScreen Aotearoa’s breast screening programme has dropped to 64%, the lowest it’s been in the last decade. Māori and Pacific rates are worst affected, with rates dropping to 58% and 61% respectively.

Our modelling showed that as a result of last year’s lockdowns, 133 women could have undetected breast cancer.

With the mammogram backlog now at 50,000, this number could increase to 300 breast cancer diagnoses going undiagnosed and untreated.

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