Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Breast Screening Limitations Untenable

Media Release
3 December 2003

Breast Screening Limitations Untenable

New Zealand First’s spokesperson for women’s affairs, Barbara Stewart, has reiterated the party’s call for the narrow age limits for breast screening to be extended to include women from 40 – 70 years of age.

“American research has found that women over the age of 40 who have routine mammograms are more likely to detect breast cancer in its earliest and most treatable stage. The American Cancer Society advises women 40 and over to have annual mammograms,” said Mrs Stewart.

“In New Zealand at present screening is available for women aged 50 to 64 and the Minister of Health, in response to questioning, has said that she has reports justifying extension for the 65+ age group but not for younger women.

“However a comparison of breast cancer registrations for 2002 show that 426 women aged between 40 to 50 were victims, compared with 186 aged between 65 to 70.

“The Minister is ignoring statistics which show that making screening available for a wider age range could save lives by making earlier discovery and earlier treatment possible.

“At the very least the Minister should lower the age of eligibility for screening to 40 and preferably extend it to include women aged 65 to 70. A petition calling for the extension of the programme collected over 124,000 signatures which shows that there is concern in the community about the limitations of current screening criteria.”

“We should be learning from the experience of Australia and the United States and taking steps to save women and their families from unnecessary tragedy,“ said Mrs Stewart.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>

 

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>

ALSO:

Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>

ALSO:

eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels