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News & updates

Our latest news, press releases, blog posts, Pink Ribbon Bulletins & Pink Ribbon Press.

Pink Ribbon Bulletins
November 2022

November 2022

The Christchurch Pink Ribbon Walk is just one example of the incredible moments we’ve had throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month - read about the others in our October wrap up!
Press release
Support for Reti’s breast screening bill – “our older women’s lives are worth saving”
19 October 2022

Support for Reti’s breast screening bill – “our older women’s lives are worth saving”

After years of campaigning for the breast screening age to be raised to 74, we fully support National MP Dr Shane Reti's attempt to get this enshrined in law.
Press release
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei artists join us to promote the importance of mammograms
17 October 2022

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei artists join us to promote the importance of mammograms

Members of Te Puāwai weavers feature in our new awareness campaign called Mammograms For Us to encourage wāhine to book their mammograms.
Press release
Experts adopt new guidelines to improve treatment for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer
13 October 2022

Experts adopt new guidelines to improve treatment for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer

We’ve worked with the country’s top breast cancer specialists to develop new clinical guidelines for the treatment of advanced breast cancer.
Press release
“No good reason why free mammograms for 70-74 year olds can’t happen right now”
05 October 2022

“No good reason why free mammograms for 70-74 year olds can’t happen right now”

The Government has an opportunity to show leadership for women’s health this October by immediately raising the free breast screening age, says Justine Smyth, chair of BCFNZ.
Press release
Free breast screening for more NZ women will categorically save lives
04 October 2022

Free breast screening for more NZ women will categorically save lives

We welcome the National Party's commitment to raise the free screening age to 74 and now we want to see all other political parties make the same commitment.
News
Glowing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
28 September 2022

Glowing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Towns and cities across Aotearoa New Zealand will once again be lighting up their landmarks and prominent buildings in pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
September 2022

September 2022

A lot has been happening in the last few weeks - read about a visit from top international breast surgeon Angel Arnaout, our Breast Cancer InSIGhts conference, two new webinars, and a brand new partnership with the NPC rugby competition.
Pink Ribbon Press
Pink Ribbon Press - Spring 2022

Pink Ribbon Press - Spring 2022

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Press release
Gordon MacLeod appointed as new BCFNZ trustee
20 July 2022

Gordon MacLeod appointed as new BCFNZ trustee

We've welcomed business leader Gordon MacLeod to our Board of Trustees.
Press release
Pharmac review: "How much improvement can be achieved is questionable"
01 June 2022

Pharmac review: "How much improvement can be achieved is questionable"

The Government has accepted most of the findings from Pharmac's independent review, but we question how much improvement can actually be achieved.
Press release
Breast screening review must address the mammogram backlog
25 May 2022

Breast screening review must address the mammogram backlog

Health NZ’s review is an acknowledgement of the crucial role of screening in woman's health, but it must include a plan to clear the mammogram backlog.
Press release
Budget 2022 lets down the women of NZ
20 May 2022

Budget 2022 lets down the women of NZ

We're deeply disappointed by the Government's 2022 Budget, which has failed to deliver the $15m we've been asking for to clear the mammogram backlog urgently.
Press release
“The future of breast screening is on a knife-edge”, MPs hear at Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Parliament today
12 May 2022

“The future of breast screening is on a knife-edge”, MPs hear at Pink Ribbon Breakfast in Parliament today

One week before the Government's Budget, we held a Pink Ribbon Breakfast at Parliament, calling $15m of targeted funding to clear the mammogram backlog.
Blog
"I found my lump just before a Pink Ribbon Breakfast"
09 May 2022

"I found my lump just before a Pink Ribbon Breakfast"

As a nurse, Barbara is well aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and how to look for them. But it was a friend's Pink Ribbon Breakfast in 2009 that prompted her to do a self-check just before the event.
Blog
You're helping to create a better future for breast cancer
09 May 2022

You're helping to create a better future for breast cancer

When Leehane was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, at the age of 35, she felt scared and completely in the dark about what was happening. After a gruelling treatment regime Leehane thought she was in the clear. Only three years later she was given the devastating news. The cancer had returned.
Pink Ribbon Press
Pink Ribbon Press - Autumn 2022

Pink Ribbon Press - Autumn 2022

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Blog
Orange is the new pink
21 April 2022

Orange is the new pink

Last week’s move to the orange traffic light setting has brought with it lots of exciting changes for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, including a return to the office for our Auckland staff members
Blog
Keeping you and your whānau safe during the Omicron outbreak
07 April 2022

Keeping you and your whānau safe during the Omicron outbreak

With now only those who test positive with Covid-19 and their household contacts required to isolate, the chance of catching Omicron while you’re out and about has increased
Press release
Breast cancer diagnoses are not “keeping pace with what we’ve seen in the past”
30 March 2022

Breast cancer diagnoses are not “keeping pace with what we’ve seen in the past”

The Prime Minister has claimed levels of cancer diagnoses appear to have “recovered” after being impacted by Covid lockdowns over the last two years. We disagree.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
March 2022

March 2022

We’ve asked the Government for $15m to clear the mammogram backlog, welcomed our new breast oncology nurse in Christchurch, and will be hosting our first webinar of 2022 next week.
Blog
AGenDA calls for the end of genetic discrimination in New Zealand
15 March 2022

AGenDA calls for the end of genetic discrimination in New Zealand

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has joined patient advocacy group AGenDA to call for the end of the discrimination preventing Kiwis from accessing genetic testing
Press release
New BCFNZ-funded nurse making a difference in Canterbury
09 March 2022

New BCFNZ-funded nurse making a difference in Canterbury

Meet Katherine King, Canterbury's first oncology clinical nurse specialist dedicated to breast cancer.
News
Study shows aspirin won’t prevent breast cancer coming back
23 February 2022

Study shows aspirin won’t prevent breast cancer coming back

Could aspirin reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back? The short answer is "No", say the results of a USA clinical trial.