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

Press release
133 MISSING WOMEN: Breast cancer cases going undetected because of Covid-19
14 October 2021

133 MISSING WOMEN: Breast cancer cases going undetected because of Covid-19

At least 133 women across Aotearoa New Zealand have no idea they have breast cancer right now, warns Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. Take action by signing our petition!
Blog
Navigating a breast cancer diagnosis and a big new job: Melanie’s story
11 October 2021

Navigating a breast cancer diagnosis and a big new job: Melanie’s story

Melanie Webber was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2020, at the age of 45. She had found a lump in her right breast, but it turned out the cancer was in her left breast. Although she was going through treatment just as she was starting a new job, having a supportive employer meant that she could take the time she needed for her recovery.
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CANGO urges Government: Stop “shrugging your shoulders” at cancer deaths
07 October 2021

CANGO urges Government: Stop “shrugging your shoulders” at cancer deaths

CANGO (Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations) urges Government: Stop “shrugging your shoulders” at cancer deaths
Press release
Wāhine toa star in new breast cancer campaign using the power of poetry
03 October 2021

Wāhine toa star in new breast cancer campaign using the power of poetry

Spoken word poets Ngā Hinepūkōrero have teamed up with Breast Cancer Foundation NZ to release a new poem highlighting the importance of mammograms this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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How to make the most of October 2021
30 September 2021

How to make the most of October 2021

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there are plenty of ways for you to show your support - at all alert levels.
Press release
New Zealand turns pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
29 September 2021

New Zealand turns pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

More than 30 landmarks and prominent buildings across Aotearoa New Zealand are lighting up in pink this October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Blog
Latest research from the European Society for Medical Oncology conference
24 September 2021

Latest research from the European Society for Medical Oncology conference

The annual European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) conference took place over the last week. Here are some highlights of the latest breast cancer research.
Blog
Promoting breast awareness for a healthy and happy workplace
24 September 2021

Promoting breast awareness for a healthy and happy workplace

Ah-Leen Rayner, chief executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, explains why promoting breast health awareness in the workplace is a wellness programme every employer should implement.
Blog
Breast cancer, work and you
20 September 2021

Breast cancer, work and you

Natalie James, lead nurse at Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, addresses some common concerns about how a breast cancer diagnosis might impact your work.
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How the support of our donors got Ziggy through her recovery
15 September 2021

How the support of our donors got Ziggy through her recovery

Ziggy’s entire world stopped when she found out she had breast cancer during the second Covid-19 lockdown in August last year.
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A message to our supporters from Tamara
15 September 2021

A message to our supporters from Tamara

Tamara was diagnosed with breast cancer last year at the age of 33, while she was pregnant with her second child, Zac.
Pink Ribbon Press
Pink Ribbon Press - Spring 2021

Pink Ribbon Press - Spring 2021

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Press release
ABCpro making a difference for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer
12 August 2021

ABCpro making a difference for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer

Joy and Huia are taking part in the pilot of ABCpro, a new telehealth nursing service we've launched at Waikato Hospital. They speak out about how ABCpro is making a huge difference in their lives
Blog
How rehab helps your recovery
14 July 2021

How rehab helps your recovery

In the whirlwind of cancer treatments, recovery shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, getting the proper care and rehabilitation can make a world of difference.
Blog
Getting a good night’s sleep with breast cancer
05 July 2021

Getting a good night’s sleep with breast cancer

Around one-third of cancer patients experience sleeping problems. Read our guide to good-quality sleep during and after breast cancer treatment.
Blog
Research round-up
24 June 2021

Research round-up

There's a lot of exciting research in breast cancer. We've profiled a few of the latest and greatest, from new treatments for BRCA-related breast cancer to how your diet influences your breast cancer risk.
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BCFNZ sad to announce death of pioneer breast surgeon
19 May 2021

BCFNZ sad to announce death of pioneer breast surgeon

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is sad to announce the death of Dr Belinda Scott, who was for many years a key member of our Medical Advisory Committee and a long-time member of our Board of Trustees.
Press release
Jacinda Ardern artwork up for grabs to raise funds for breast cancer
13 May 2021

Jacinda Ardern artwork up for grabs to raise funds for breast cancer

The Port Waikato Pink Ribbon Breakfast Team is hoping they'll raise thousands for BCFNZ through the auction of a framed picture drawn and signed by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Press release
New funding for breast screening programme an "excellent step forward"
09 May 2021

New funding for breast screening programme an "excellent step forward"

The Government has announced a $55.6 million upgrade for the national breast screening programme's IT system, which means more women should be able to access free mammograms.
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A hot new way to help fight breast cancer
04 May 2021

A hot new way to help fight breast cancer

Now supporting BCFNZ has never been easier, with the launch of our very own SBS Pink Ribbon Visa.
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National Register reaches 100% coverage
04 May 2021

National Register reaches 100% coverage

In 2020 we began the expansion of the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register, after consolidating four regional registers (Auckland, Waikato, Wellington & Christchurch) which covered two-thirds of the country’s DHB regions. By the start of 2021 all DHBs had signed up.
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“Breast cancer touches so many Kiwi women, that’s why it’s such an important cause to support”
04 May 2021

“Breast cancer touches so many Kiwi women, that’s why it’s such an important cause to support”

Monika Naidu has watched two family members and a close friend go through breast cancer. Seeing the suffering caused by the disease is what prompted Monika to act. She and her husband Daven recently hosted a lunch at their restaurant – Auckland’s Chancery Bistro – which raised an incredible $11,255 for BCFNZ.
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Vital patient support provided when it was needed the most
04 May 2021

Vital patient support provided when it was needed the most

After launching our Christmas Appeal we received an overwhelming response – we’ve raised more than $115,000 to keep our support services running. These vital funds mean we can keep being there for breast cancer patients when they need us most.
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Jackie Klouwens’ lasting legacy – a bequest that means so much
04 May 2021

Jackie Klouwens’ lasting legacy – a bequest that means so much

Kim’s favourite memories of her mum Jackie centre around how compassionate and loving she was.