New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
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Pink Caravan's South Island Adventure  

The Pink Caravan nurses have received a warm welcome in the South Island visiting towns that don’t have access to specialist breastcare nurses. 

Public reaction to the North Island leg was equally heartening. The NZBCF has received feedback from regional breast screening clinics to say that women have presented for checking of suspicious symptoms, or have turned up for their first ever mammogram, after talking to one of our Pink Caravan nurses.


  Why are our survival rates worse than Australia's? 
This is just one question which Dr Reena Ramsaroop, new chair of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s medical advisory committee wants answers too. Breast cancer mortality insights may be revealed in the NZ breast cancer patient registers funded by the NZBCF.  That’s why the NZBCF has launched a competition for doctors and scientists to pilot new research ideas using the registers.

  Pregnancy after breast cancer
  A breast cancer diagnosis usually comes as a complete shock.  But younger women also have to deal with the possibility of temporary or permanent infertility as a result of breast cancer treatment, sometimes well before they’ve even considered having a family.  Fortunately there are options to preserve fertility in the hope of having children after breast cancer.

This topic and more is covered in a new section on the NZBCF website specifically for younger women with breast cancer. 

News, Views and Events

 Does breast cancer run in your family?  Thanks to your donations, the NZBCF have produced a series of short education videos on breast health and risk factors.  One of which can be a close family history of breast cancer - attributed to only 5-10% of all cases - which is much lower than people think. The fact is most women with breast cancer have no close family history of the disease.  WATCH HERE

 • Jaimi’s marathon effort for mum
It was her mum and aunt’s breast cancer which inspired Jaimi Bailey to run the recent Auckland Marathon for the Pink Ribbon Active Team.  Jaimi’s busy job provided little time for training but her competitive swimming background provided the mettle she needed to complete the marathon in just under 4.5 hours. Plus raise for over $600 to support women with breast cancer!  
Future Pink Ribbon Active events include Auckland’s Round the Bays in March and a trek to the Great Wall of China next September which is filling up fast.  FIND OUT MORE

 • Breast awareness doesn’t stop after October.
The Geraldine Brophy “Signs” advertising during Breast Cancer Month provoked strong public reaction. Promoting non-lump symptoms on TV resonated, particularly with younger women. These days more women are being diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30s and even in their 20s.  Knowing the normal look and feel of your breasts, acting on changes and regular mammograms from age 40 – these steps can stop breast cancer developing long after October ends.  LEARN MORE

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Thanks for your continued support in 2014.