New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
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Latest research: Do dairy products and red meat cause breast cancer?

Meat and dairy are both common in the typical kiwi diet, but scientists are asking whether these foods might play a role in breast cancer. 

We look at the latest research ask what it means for our diets? What should we be eating, and avoiding, in order to give our bodies the best shot against cancer?


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  What would you do to honour the memory of the love of your life?


"All through Helen's treatment I had felt like a helpless spectator, unable to save her, or take away the pain. But there was something I could do - not only for her, but also for the thousands of other women and their families going through the nightmare that is breast cancer."

                       - Stuart McFetridge

Stuart lost his wife Helen to breast cancer after 30 years of marriage. 

See what he did to honour the memory of his beloved wife

  More women can now get tested for cancer-causing genetic mutations



New Zealand women with breast cancer in the family have had to fight to get tested for the cancer-causing BRCA gene mutations.

Previously, women in NZ have only had access to free genetic testing if their risk of having a dangerous mutation is judged to be higher than 20%. Recently, that threshold dropped to 10%, the same as in Australia and the UK.

This means more women should have access to testing, creating better outcomes for women with familial breast cancer. 

Find out more


News, Views and Events

•  Help out at the NZ House & Garden Tours  We need volunteers in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch to help us run these successful tours, which raise vital funds. Volunteers will be needed for 3.5 hours for either a morning or an afternoon shift. Volunteers will be stationed at each of the houses helping with security, car parking and the flow of visitors. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Jaimi or call (09) 304 1220. Check the tour dates here.

•  Wellington, get out and support these amazing cricketers! When Margaret "Squirty" Presland was diagnosed with breast cancer, her friends and teammates knew they had to go into bat for the cause. They're playing the curtain-raiser for the NZ White Ferns vs Australia T20 at the Basin Reserve, Wellington at 11am on March 1st. Entry is by donation and all proceeds go to The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation. It's bound to be fantastic day of cricket, so get out there and support the girls! 

•  Run Round the Bays Auckland for Breast Cancer  Grab a friend and walk or run 8.4ks around the beautiful bays of Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on March 6th. You'll start the scenic route at Quay St and end up on the beach at St Heliers. Join the team.

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Thanks for your continued support in 2016.  

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