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

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“More drugs and equal access for all,” Breast Cancer Foundation tells politicians
10 August 2017

“More drugs and equal access for all,” Breast Cancer Foundation tells politicians

Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson joined with other NZ cancer bosses in Wellington last night to ask our political parties how they plan to improve support and treatments for cancer patients.
Press release
New #Lumpday promotion urges once-weekly awareness
28 June 2017

New #Lumpday promotion urges once-weekly awareness

Kiwis are being encouraged to ‘Make Every Wednesday #Lumpday’ in a new initiative from Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ).
Press release
Women over 70 one step closer to free mammograms
12 June 2017

Women over 70 one step closer to free mammograms

The Health Select Committee’s recommendation that the Government investigate extending New Zealand’s free national breast screening programme to women aged between 70 and 74 brings access to life-saving mammograms one step closer for our older women, says Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, whose petition for change attracted 10,000 signatures last year.
Blog
FDA confirms link between silicone implants and blood cancer
12 April 2017

FDA confirms link between silicone implants and blood cancer

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed a link between breast implants and a type of blood cancer called lymphoma. Find out what these findings mean for women who have, or are considering getting, synthetic breast implants as part of their post-cancer reconstructive surgery plan.
Press release
Heavens rain on pink parade
06 April 2017

Heavens rain on pink parade

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s Pink Caravan was due to visit Levin, Palmerston North and Wanganui this week but the near biblical rains of Cyclone Debbie have forced Dianne Swann, Pink Caravan Project Coordinator, to call off the visits.
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Male breast cancer more common than penis cancer, boating deaths and meningitis; even car thefts come close
04 February 2017

Male breast cancer more common than penis cancer, boating deaths and meningitis; even car thefts come close

Kiwi men might be missing a beat when it comes to health and lifestyle priorities this World Cancer Day (Feb 4), says the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation: male breast cancer is more common in men aged 50-plus than two dreaded diseases, cancer of the penis and meningitis.
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Good news / bad news – Pharmac’s new drug deal a bitter pill for 160 long-suffering patients
07 December 2016

Good news / bad news – Pharmac’s new drug deal a bitter pill for 160 long-suffering patients

Pharmac’s decision to fund pertuzumab (trade name Perjeta) from January 2017 for New Zealanders with advanced (metastatic) HER2+ breast cancer will be good news for patients diagnosed from the New Year onwards, but is a bitter pill for the 160 Kiwis who have been deprived of this significantly life-extending drug so far and now appear to be shut out of the new agreement.
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Can tears be used to detect breast cancer?
27 October 2016

Can tears be used to detect breast cancer?

That’s the question that American biotechnology company Ascendant Dx is asking at special movie screenings in Auckland. Ascendant Dx have teamed up with the Rialto Channel and the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation to bring you the Breast Cancer Screenings – a special movie event at Academy Cinema, designed to make you shed a very useful tear.
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Ten ways you can take action this October
28 September 2016

Ten ways you can take action this October

1. Volunteer two hours for the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal
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The Pink Caravan’s delivering breast health messages to all corners of New Zealand
20 September 2016

The Pink Caravan’s delivering breast health messages to all corners of New Zealand

This month saw the Pink Caravan kick off it's third nationwide tour.
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Lymphoedema signs & symptoms: What to watch out for
10 August 2016

Lymphoedema signs & symptoms: What to watch out for

Anyone who has had breast cancer surgery or radiation therapy may be at risk of developing lymphoedema.
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Mammograms: what you need to know
27 July 2016

Mammograms: what you need to know

Whether or not you should be having mammograms, and how often, depends on your age. Here's your guide to what action you should be taking at each stage of your life.
Blog
Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Deserve a Slice of Pharmac’s $124 Million Funding Boost
27 May 2016

Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Deserve a Slice of Pharmac’s $124 Million Funding Boost

This year, Pharmac's budget is bigger than ever before, but advanced breast cancer patients are still missing out on life-changing therapies.
Press release
Protecting the Long-Term Health of Kiwi Women Seniors
04 May 2016

Protecting the Long-Term Health of Kiwi Women Seniors

Petition Presented to Parliament to Extend Free Breast Screening Programme to age 74
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Lower threshold means more Kiwi women will qualify for BRCA test
17 February 2016

Lower threshold means more Kiwi women will qualify for BRCA test

The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation congratulates Genetic Health Service NZ on its decision to lower the threshold for BRCA testing to people with an estimated 10% chance of having a BRCA gene mutation.
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Mammograms save Kiwi lives – it’s official
14 December 2015

Mammograms save Kiwi lives – it’s official

The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation says new research released today by BreastScreen Aotearoa should give Kiwi women confidence that our mammogram screening programme is the best way to find breast cancer early and to save lives.
Press release
Shortland Street star Jacqueline Nairn fronts first online self-check video
27 October 2015

Shortland Street star Jacqueline Nairn fronts first online self-check video

“Be breast aware.” “Check your breasts.” Such advice is heard often during October, Breast Cancer Month, but many women say they don’t know how to check their breasts.
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Pink light for breast cancer – NZ landmarks light up
01 October 2015

Pink light for breast cancer – NZ landmarks light up

Landmark buildings around New Zealand will light up pink from tomorrow, October 1, in support of Breast Cancer Month.
Press release
Despair or relief? A mammogram might be the difference, numbers show
01 October 2015

Despair or relief? A mammogram might be the difference, numbers show

This October, Breast Cancer Month, an emotional campaign by the NZ Breast Foundation will remind women that finding cancer early, through a mammogram, might mean the difference between relief and despair.
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Breast cancer campaigner Helena McAlpine dies, age 37
23 September 2015

Breast cancer campaigner Helena McAlpine dies, age 37

Staff and friends of the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation are mourning the loss of Helena McAlpine, who campaigned through her own long and often gruelling battle with breast cancer to help save other women.