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News & updates

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

Press release
New Zealand shines pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
28 September 2023

New Zealand shines pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

More than 60 iconic sites across Aotearoa New Zealand will be glowing in pink this October to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Press release
Will the next Government do enough for breast cancer?
27 September 2023

Will the next Government do enough for breast cancer?

Ahead of the election, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has laid down a challenge to political parties to tackle breast cancer – the leading killer of New Zealand women under 65.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
September 2023

September 2023

In this issue of the Bulletin, we share how free mammograms for women aged 70-74 are another step closer to reality as well as a new patient campaign #MyLifeMatters and how you can get involved this Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Press release
Free mammograms for older women receives cross-party support in Parliament
31 August 2023

Free mammograms for older women receives cross-party support in Parliament

We're welcoming the cross-party support received for Dr Shane Reti's bill to increase the breast screening age.
Press release
Pharmac breast cancer drug restriction denies patients “another chance at more time”
23 August 2023

Pharmac breast cancer drug restriction denies patients “another chance at more time”

Pharmac has missed a golden opportunity to allow more Kiwis access to a new breast cancer drug, a move that would have brought New Zealand into line with the rest of the world and removed a disparity that hits Māori and Pasifika hardest.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
August 2023

August 2023

In this issue of the Bulletin, we share recent wins, how together we can make our voices heard to improve drug funding and how you can get involved in Pink Ribbon Walk for 2023
Press release
Breast cancer screening bill pulled from ballot
27 July 2023

Breast cancer screening bill pulled from ballot

Today Dr Shane Reti's private member's bill to increase the breast screening age to 74 has been drawn from the ballot box, taking us one step closer to our older women being able to access free mammograms.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
July 2023

July 2023

Mānawatia a Matariki! This issue of the Bulletin wishes you a happy Māori new year, welcomes the release of the Government's new Women's Health Strategy and has the details for our upcoming webinar. Read more and catch up on our news for July!
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
June 2023

June 2023

The June edition of the Bulletin is dedicated to our patron Dame Rosie Horton, who passed away in May. We share some of Dame Rosie's legacy, a founding trustee and chair of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and known as a leading philanthropist across the country
Press release
Pharmac breast cancer cost-saving proposal welcome but ignores patients facing “dead-end”
08 June 2023

Pharmac breast cancer cost-saving proposal welcome but ignores patients facing “dead-end”

We're welcoming Pharmac's proposal to replace Herceptin with a cheaper and safe alternative for HER2-positive breast cancer, but we're disappointed Pharmac's medical advisors won't widen access to this drug for certain patients who have run out of options.
Blog
Suzie's reconstruction diary part 5: Feeling stronger
05 June 2023

Suzie's reconstruction diary part 5: Feeling stronger

This is the final part of Suzie’s journal. She talks about her recovery and feeling stronger, attending her daughter's wedding, getting Covid-19 as well as her feelings about her new breasts.
Press release
Government stalling on breast screening costs the life of one woman every month
01 June 2023

Government stalling on breast screening costs the life of one woman every month

One woman a month will needlessly lose her life to breast cancer thanks to the Government’s latest refusal to uphold its promise of lifting the breast screening age to 74.
Press release
Budget 2023: "It’s hard to see how the Government is serious about its women’s health strategy"
18 May 2023

Budget 2023: "It’s hard to see how the Government is serious about its women’s health strategy"

In response to the Budget 2023 announcement, our CEO Ah-Leen Rayner says: “It’s hard to see how the Government is serious about its women’s health strategy when this Budget has nothing in it for women’s health - let alone breast cancer."
Press release
Pre-Budget warning to the women of NZ: “Brace yourselves for disappointment”
16 May 2023

Pre-Budget warning to the women of NZ: “Brace yourselves for disappointment”

Ahead of Budget 2023, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is issuing a stark warning to the women of Aotearoa New Zealand: brace yourselves for disappointment that our Government won’t do more to prevent deaths from breast cancer.
Blog
Suzie's reconstruction diary part 4: The weeks after surgery
16 May 2023

Suzie's reconstruction diary part 4: The weeks after surgery

After 4 ½ years on the waiting list for bilateral DIEP breast reconstruction surgery and being first on the waiting list for more than a year, Suzie and her husband decided to pay for the surgery privately. This is part 4 of Suzie’s journal of her surgery and recovery. Here she details her experiences over a month after having her breast reconstruction.
Press release
“It’s not good enough that 10 women in Wellington may have been harmed by a service that is meant to protect them"
10 May 2023

“It’s not good enough that 10 women in Wellington may have been harmed by a service that is meant to protect them"

In response to the two reviews looking into breast screening released today by Te Whatu Ora, BCFNZ CEO Ah-Leen Rayner says the national Breast Screening Action Plan mentioned must be ambitious and deliver tangible change – extending the screening age to 74 and lowering it to 40 for Māori and Pacific women is the bare minimum needed to save more lives.
Press release
Revealed: Where our political parties stand on tackling breast cancer
03 May 2023

Revealed: Where our political parties stand on tackling breast cancer

All New Zealanders can now see where the country’s political parties stand on tackling breast cancer – the leading cause of death for New Zealand women under 65.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
May 2023

May 2023

Pink Ribbon Breakfast month is here already! Leana kindly shares the story of why she hosts a Pink Ribbon Breakfast for her best friend Angie, we update you on our new Breast Cancer Policy Scorecard, and we share Suzie's diary of her breast reconstruction experience.
Blog
Suzie's reconstruction diary part 3: Back at home
26 April 2023

Suzie's reconstruction diary part 3: Back at home

This is part 3 of Suzie’s journal of her breast reconstruction surgery and recovery experiences. Here she details her first three weeks being back at home after her breast reconstruction.
Blog
Suzie's reconstruction diary part 2: The hospital stay
18 April 2023

Suzie's reconstruction diary part 2: The hospital stay

After 4 ½ years on the waiting list for bilateral DIEP breast reconstruction surgery and being first on the waiting list for more than a year, Suzie and her husband decided to pay for the surgery privately. This is part 2 of Suzie’s surgery and recovery experiences
Blog
"The day has finally arrived": Suzie's long wait for breast reconstruction
10 April 2023

"The day has finally arrived": Suzie's long wait for breast reconstruction

After 4 ½ years on the waiting list for bilateral DIEP breast reconstruction surgery and being first on the waiting list for more than a year, Suzie and her husband decided to pay for the surgery privately. This is a journal of Suzie’s surgery and recovery experiences...
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
April 2023

April 2023

In the April edition of the bulletin, Jason and Georgina share the story of why they host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast every year, nearly 400 people have made submissions on why breast cancer needs to be included in New Zealand's first ever Women's Health Strategy, we share a significant milestone, as well as an update on our Pink Caravan Summer Tour. Happy Easter! 🐰
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
March 2023

March 2023

An update from Sue, our nurse in Tairāwhiti, New Zealand's first ever Women's Health Strategy, our first webinar of the year, and a sneak peek of Pink Ribbon Breakfast 2023
Press release
MPs back charity’s plea for improvements to breast screening
02 March 2023

MPs back charity’s plea for improvements to breast screening

Parliament's Petitions Committee is backing our call on Government to improve access to breast screening, in the wake of Covid-19 lockdowns creating a massive mammogram backlog.