The Ministry of Health is bringing back Dr Fran Jones and her dedicated team from New South Wales, Australia, for the screening programme which will run from July 16 to 27.
“This year with the northern group islands coming in for the Te Maeva Nui Festival, we encourage and hope these Northern Group women will take this opportunity to have a mammography breast screen while they are here in Rarotonga,” says the recently re-elected foundation president, Dawn Baudinet.
“This is a free service the Ministry of Health provide with the great team of experts from NSW. For those women who have previously had a mammogram screen will know how wonderful, gentle and caring this team is.
“We also encourage all Cook Islands women over the age of 40 to have regular breast mammograms and other clinical exams at this time”
“Unfortunately, this will be Dr Fran Jones’ last year of visiting the Cook Islands. After 10 years of coming here. Dr Fran (as she is affectionately called), is taking a well-earned break and is planning to retire.
“Dr Fran will be missed by many. However, Dr Janet Gray, who has been here previously with the team, will take on Dr Fran’s role for the future.
“So please remember, all our beautiful ladies, if you have now turned 40, you are eligible for this programme,” Baudinet says.
“If any of your family has had cancer of any sort in the past, please call Tohoa Cummings at the Ministry of Health, phone 22664/ext 813, for an appointment.
“We would also like to appeal to women aged 60-plus, who have never had a mammography screen. You need to be checked this year.”
Early detection could save your life and spare your family a lot of grief, says Baudinet.
“It only takes a few minutes and yes, it may be a bit uncomfortable at the time, but a few uncomfortable minutes is certainly worth the effort.”