New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
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Join Lorraine's Pink Ribbon Breakfast mission

Lorraine Downes is a woman on a mission. She's fronting this year's Pink Ribbon Breakfast as the Foundation's newest ambassador and wants to help drive a record 2000 breakfasts around the country in May. Funds raised will go towards ground breaking research right here in NZ. 

Cancer has hit Lorraine's family hard in the last couple of years so fundraising for research into new and better treatments is very close to her heart. Find out more about the campaign and how you can make a difference alongside Lorraine this May. 



  Should I continue mammograms in my 70's? 

Many women believe they're ‘past breast cancer’ when their free mammograms end at age 69, however the risk of breast cancer is actually higher in your seventies than your fifties.  

Put off by having to pay for mammograms, recent research reveals that most older women don’t plan to continue screening. The Foundation is lobbying mammogram clinics to reduce prices for women 70 plus. If you're in good health, continue with mammograms.


  Let's attack lymphoedema

This painful swelling condition affects around 25% of women with breast cancer and it can occur shortly after surgery or years later. Once established, it's difficult to treat and the Foundation wants to fund more bio-impedence machines to help detect lymphoedema early. Jeannie developed the condition after lymph node surgery and shares her story here.

Image: Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy

News and Events

• Selfless selfies raise $83,000 A trickle of unexpected online donations to the Foundation turned into a torrent as #nomakeup selfies hit NZ. A huge thanks to around 4000 individuals who posted their bare- faced photos on Twitter or facebook and donated to the Foundation's breast cancer research projects.

• Poster push please Around 650 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and we have only two national educators. Can you help promote breast cancer awareness by putting an A4 poster up in your office, gym or health centre? This one features lovely Beatrice who was diagnosed in 2010.DOWNLOAD POSTER (5Mb)

• Pink Star Walk is rolling out to more centres! In addition to Auckland on 11th October, this fun, twilight 5km and 10 km walk will now include Wellington (4th October) and Christchurch (18th October). A 21km half marathon is on offer in Christchurch too. EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST HERE

• Buy your Entertainment Books from us. The 2014/15 book is now for sale but wait...there's more! A digital membership which allows you to access and redeem the offers from your Book via your smartphone. Each Book or Digital Membership will contribute $13 back to the Foundation.ORDER HERE

• A breakfast you won't want to skip The popular Pink Ribbon Breakfast is back in May where we encourage friends, families and organisations to dress up, eat up and give it up for the cause. This year, funds will go towards breast cancer research.HOST A BREAKFAST

Tell us what type of stories you'd like to read in your Pink Ribbon Express.  We'd love your feedback.

Email your comments or story ideas here.

Thanks for your continued support in 2014.