Think pink

22:16, Oct 10 2013
Ange Hunter
New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation volunteer Ange Hunter collects donations for breast cancer awareness month.

The city is splashed with pink today as collectors for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation walk the streets.

More than 90 volunteers are locations across Southland today and will be back again tomorrow to raise awareness of the leading cancer among woman in New Zealand as part of Breast Cancer Month.

Former Labor MP Lesley Soper said she has been involved with the charity for the past eight years and during that time Southlanders had been generous.

''I don't think that will be any different this year. Everyone knows someone affected by breast cancer,'' Ms Soper said.

Invercargill collectors will be at all supermarkets, Mitre 10,  The Kelvin Hotel, The Warehouse, Batch Cafe and Don St Post Office. 

Funds raised today go towards research into life-saving treatments, education programmes and support for woman and their families.

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As part of raising awareness this month, the foundation is reminding women the importance of screening and of recognising symptoms.

Those symptoms can include a lump in the breast but can also include changes in the skin of the breast, changes in shape or size, unusual breast pain and discharge or changes to the nipple.

Coincidentally, today the Southern District Health Board will decide how breast-cancer screening clinics in the district will be funded.

The board announced last month it would consider outside contractors to provide screening services.

The Southland Times