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Latest clinical trials now online

For the 600-plus women who will die of advanced breast cancer this year, a clinical trial might be their last hope for access to new drugs.

Sadly, New Zealand falls well short of international standards when it comes to accessing clinical trials.

In an effort to improve access to clinical trials for women with breast cancer, the NZBCF has established a clinical trials database, where we're listing current and upcoming clinical trials in both New Zealand and Australia.


STOP PRESS: Are we falling behind Australia in terms of access to new cancer drugs? PHARMAC says no. We say it's time to be honest with the public. Read our response to the PHARMAC report on drug access.



  Farmers customers broke records during breast cancer month


Farmers went above and beyond this October, raising $277,000 for The NZBCF.

That total came from generous donations from customers, and through the sale of Boobeads - keyrings featuring beads the size of breast lumps detectable via mammogram or touch.

Farmers also committed to raising awareness, with posters in their changing rooms encouraging women to Touch, Look and Check their breasts. 

We'd like to thank the team at Farmers, and everyone who donated in-store during October!


  New NZBCF grant calls for innovative research ideas



The NZBCF will arm the country's brightest researchers with $300,000 in funding, so they can help improve outcomes for kiwi women with the disease.

The Foundation is calling for proposals that address the most pressing issues in breast cancer research: prevention of early breast cancer, prevention of the spread of cancer (which is what causes the 600+ breast cancer deaths every year) and improving clinical practice.

News, Views and Events

•  Step inside the pages of NZ House & Garden  NZ House & Garden Tours are back in 2016, with tours in Auckland (Matakana), New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch. The tours are in support of The NZBCF to fund programmes in each of the four regions. With a stunning mix of beautiful houses on show, there is something for everyone. Check out dates and buy your tickets here.

•  Help out at the NZ House & Garden Tours  The NZBCF need volunteers to help us run these successful tours, which help 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

•  The Pink Caravan rolls into Otago  The NZBCF Pink Caravan is coming to the end of its nationwide tour, but there are still a few days left for women (and men) in Otago to get free advice on breast health, lifestyle and family risk factors. The caravan and its friendly nurses will be in Balclutha on the 25th of November and Mosgiel on the 26th. If you're around, stop in and say hi. Find out more about the pink caravan here.

•  Big thanks to our Zumba superstars! We'd like to say a big thank you to Elaine Yu and all the Zumba instructors who took part in this year's Party the Country Pink fundraising event. Party the Country Pink is in its second year and sees Zumba instructors from all over the country holding simultaneous Zumba classes, with all proceeds going to The NZBCF. Party in Pink 2015 has raised over $20,000.

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 2015.  

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