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Workplaces screen for cancer

To make cervical screening more convenient for women the national programme is being introduced into workplaces in South Canterbury.

National Cervical Screening Programme Maori health promoter Sheree Brosnahan in collaboration with Arowhenua Whanau Services already has Silver Fern Farms on board for the free tests and is welcoming interest from others.

"It's about breaking down barriers for women ... and it's not exclusive to Maori."

For businesses it was a way of showing their support of the health and wellbeing of their female staff members, Mrs Brosnahan said.

She said the workplace clinics did not affect productivity as screeners saw a woman from a different department at one time.

The procedures are held in the company's own clinics on site or in the sick bay.   Mrs Brosnahan said sometimes women felt awkward having smears done by their GP or local nurse.

The smear tests are taken from women over the age of 20 every three years so any abnormal cell changes in the cervix can be treated before becoming cancer.

As featured in The Timaru Herald