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Implants no longer barrier

Last updated 05:00 19/02/2014

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Advanced technology will see women with breast implants being able to be screened for breast cancer on Waiheke Island next month.

The island will be the first location to host BreastScreen Auckland's fully refurbished unit with the newest digital technology.

It will be outside Placemakers in Ostend from March 3 to 28 and will offer eligible women between the ages of 45 and 69 a free screening.

BreastScreen Auckland is the provider of BreastScreen Aotearoa's free national breast screening programme that checks women for early breast cancer.

The programme aims to reduce the number of women who die from the disease.

Spokeswoman Marlene Wipane says going digital will now allow the service to screen women with implants who may have previously had to be screened in BreastScreen Auckland's Remuera Clinic.

She says she is grateful to Placemakers Waiheke for its continued commitment to the service.

Due to logistics, the only parking space available is the disabled space. Suitable alternative space has been allocated to those who normally use it.

It is open 8.15am till 4pm, Monday to Friday, from March 3 to 28. Phone 0800 270 200 to book an appointment.

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