New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
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Breast cancer rates hit new high

For the first time, the number of New Zealand women diagnosed with breast cancer in one year has topped 3000, according to provisional 2012 figures from the Ministry of Health. And it's not just a function of the country's population growth, that's causing the increase in breast cancer cases.

One of the 3003 women diagnosed in 2012 was Nicki Hayles of Christchurch (pictured right). The mum of three didn't realise her sore breast could be a sign of breast cancer.   Around half of all breast cancers are picked up outside of screening highlighting the importance of breast cancer education.  



  NZ research breakthrough?

A New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation research grant of $100,000 towards developing a low-cost treatment for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is yielding promising results. A research team at Otago University lead by Dr Rhonda Rosengren (pictured) are encouraged by the early findings of the study. TBNC accounts for around 15 to 20 per cent of breast cancer diagnoses in NZ and particularly affects younger women.


  Running boosts survivorship

New research from Berkeley suggests that running outpaces walking when it comes to reducing breast cancer mortality rates. It seems that raising your metabolic rate can provide a protective element against breast cancer recurrance. In another new study, survivors who practiced yoga as part of their recovery exhibited lower levels of inflammation and increased energy.  The study also acknowledges post treatment exhaustion as an on going barrier to exercise.

News and Events

 After surgery; what happens next?   This new leaflet explains the medical management of breast cancer following surgery.  As every woman's breast cancer is different, discuss the contents with your specialist or call our breast health nurse on 0800BCNurse. DOWNLOAD LEAFLET 

Your mammogram reminder  If you're aged 40 or over, complete this short form and we’ll send you an annual prompt before your next mammogram is due. But if any unusual breast changes occur between screenings, show your doctor.  REMIND ME

Inspire your team, show you care!  The Foundation has a range of ways you can fundraise and have fun at work this year.  Hold a Pink Ribbon Breakfast in May, take on a sporting challenge as a Pink Ribbon Active team or volunteer for the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal in October.It's an amazing way to build team spirit and with seven women diagnosed every day, what are you waiting for? INVOLVE US

•  We love Little Lot  This new wallpaper app refreshes your computer screen daily with brand advertising matched to your interests. If you nominate the NZBCF when you sign up, then we receive a portion of the advertising fee.  It takes just 2 minutes to sign up. SIGN UP

 Join us for breakfast  The popular Pink Ribbon Breakfast will be 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. Register an interest to host your own breakfast here. I'M KEEN 

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Thanks for your continued support in 2014.