Breast wishes

South Otago people were able to visit Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand’s (BCFNZ) Pink Caravan for free advice last week.

‘‘Pinkie’’, towed by Philip Elliot and crewed by nurses Alison Smith (pink coat) and Libi Pearce, included Milton and Balclutha in its summer tour of South Island communities.

‘‘On board are screening enrolments and resources including a silicone model, showing what symptoms look and feel like,’’ BCFNZ chief executive Ah-Leen Rayner said.

Pinkie made 90 stops over the season, and the nurses worked with more than 5000 people.

‘‘We had over 65 visitors in Milton alone, and we’d really like to thank our host businesses for their help,’’ Ms Smith said.

Breast cancer is New Zealand’s third most common cancer, and there are about 240 diagnoses in the South every year, including in males. Early detection is the best way to beat breast cancer. BCFNZ can be called on 0800 226-8773. REPORT & PHOTO: NICK BROOK