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

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“We’re ecstatic”: Breast Cancer Foundation responds to new drug funding announcement
15 January 2020

“We’re ecstatic”: Breast Cancer Foundation responds to new drug funding announcement

​Pharmac’s announcement this morning that it aims to fund Ibrance for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer from April 2020 is wonderful news.
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ABC problems “still here”, but there are signs of progress
13 October 2019

ABC problems “still here”, but there are signs of progress

One year after I’m Still Here – the investigation into advanced breast cancer care in New Zealand that shocked doctors and patients alike – there are signs of improvement.
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Pharmac Kadcyla funding confirmed; Breast Cancer Foundation welcomes less restricted access
07 October 2019

Pharmac Kadcyla funding confirmed; Breast Cancer Foundation welcomes less restricted access

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has applauded Pharmac’s confirmation today that it will fund Kadcyla for Kiwis with HER2+ advanced breast cancer (ABC) from December 1.
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Everyone can be breast aware
07 October 2019

Everyone can be breast aware

With the news that Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, was treated for breast cancer earlier this year, it’s a timely reminder that men need to be breast aware too.
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New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women’s hands
01 October 2019

New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women’s hands

Pre Check, an innovative app from Breast Cancer Foundation NZ – launched to mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – will take women into a whole new world of breast health awareness.
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Patients pulling together for change
22 August 2019

Patients pulling together for change

People with advanced breast cancer who speak publicly about their desperate plights are heroes.
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Do the latest Pharmac minutes mean new hope for Kiwis with ABC?
04 August 2019

Do the latest Pharmac minutes mean new hope for Kiwis with ABC?

Pharmac's cancer treatments subcommittee has recommended CDK4/6 inhibitors (e.g. palbociclib / ribociclib) with a HIGH priority for funding.
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Queenstown locals to learn from top breast cancer experts
25 July 2019

Queenstown locals to learn from top breast cancer experts

Top breast cancer surgeons are heading to Queenstown to share their knowledge with local patients, health professionals and the public at a free event held by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ on August 9.
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Why is New Zealand so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to publicly funded access to medicine?
22 July 2019

Why is New Zealand so far behind the rest of the world when it comes to publicly funded access to medicine?

We spend 55% less than the OECD average on medicine and rank last of 20 OECD countries for market access to modern medicines. Pharmac prides itself on its negotiation skills and cost-effectiveness - but where is this leaving Kiwi cancer patients?
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What about breast density?
04 July 2019

What about breast density?

Breast density is a bit of hot topic in breast cancer conversation. You may have recently heard that in the USA it’s now mandatory to notify women about their breast density when they receive their mammogram result. But, what does density have to do with your risk of breast cancer and how do you know if you have dense breasts in the first place?
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Early access proposal welcomed, but tough questions need answers
09 May 2019

Early access proposal welcomed, but tough questions need answers

​Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson welcomed the news that Pharmac is working with the Ministry of Health to consider a scheme that would offer faster access to drugs for Kiwi cancer patients.
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What should I know about Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
17 April 2019

What should I know about Inflammatory Breast Cancer?

Find out more about inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) and hear from Lucie Kodouskova, diagnosed with IBC at 33.
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Words of wisdom from lead radiologist Dr Monica Saini
10 November 2018

Words of wisdom from lead radiologist Dr Monica Saini

We talk to Dr Monica Saini - lead radiologist at Hutt Valley DHB.
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October is...
17 October 2018

October is...

October is international breast cancer awareness month. A stark reminder that breast cancer is still the most common cancer in women worldwide...
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Lack of funding “height of cruelty” – Breast Cancer Foundation
16 October 2018

Lack of funding “height of cruelty” – Breast Cancer Foundation

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s chief executive Evangelia Henderson describes the lack of funding for drugs that extend the lives of advanced breast cancer patients as heartless and cruel. “Why do people have to set up a Givealittle page, or worse, sell their house, to access these drugs?” says Mrs Henderson. Her comments come on the day two petitions are presented on the steps of Parliament, demanding funding for palbociclib (Ibrance) and Kadcyla.
Press release
Stacey Morrison urges Māori women to sign up for breast screening
01 October 2018

Stacey Morrison urges Māori women to sign up for breast screening

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ ambassador Stacey Morrison has just had her first free mammogram with BreastScreen Aotearoa. Now, she’s urging Kiwi women – especially Māori – to enrol for free breast screening this October.
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What do I need to know about the genetic risk of breast cancer?
24 September 2018

What do I need to know about the genetic risk of breast cancer?

Inherited risk accounts for around 10% of all diagnosed breast cancers. If you do find that you’re at a higher risk of breast cancer you can take precautionary actions which are likely to prevent breast cancer from developing.
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Mammogram myth busting
13 June 2018

Mammogram myth busting

10 common mammogram myths busted!
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Here’s the evidence – time to play fair, Breast Cancer Foundation tells Pharmac
09 June 2018

Here’s the evidence – time to play fair, Breast Cancer Foundation tells Pharmac

In light of new clinical trial results, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urging Pharmac to consider giving life-extending drug Perjeta to patients who’ve been missing out due to an earlier decision that the Foundation labelled unfair.
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Bump or lump? Be breast aware this sport season
10 May 2018

Bump or lump? Be breast aware this sport season

Bumps and bruises are part of the game, but beware: your injury could be hiding something more serious.
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Hypnotism a hit at Public Education Day
08 February 2018

Hypnotism a hit at Public Education Day

At the end of last year, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ hosted a free public education day themed ‘From Research to Reality’.
Press release
World Cancer Day: unfortunate words - or silence - add pain to breast cancer diagnosis
04 February 2018

World Cancer Day: unfortunate words - or silence - add pain to breast cancer diagnosis

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ (BCFNZ) has released a video featuring funny ladies Urzila Carlson and Jackie Clarke acting out an awkward conversation between a newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient and her friend.
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Breast cancer experts share knowledge at free public seminar
31 October 2017

Breast cancer experts share knowledge at free public seminar

The effectiveness of vitamin C in cancer treatment, benefits of self-hypnosis and the prospect of personalised medicine will be among topics discussed at a free public seminar as part of the NZ Breast Cancer Symposium on Sunday November 12th.
Press release
Extension of breast screening programme will “certainly save lives” – Breast Cancer Foundation NZ
25 October 2017

Extension of breast screening programme will “certainly save lives” – Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

A huge thanks to everyone who signed our petition last year to extend free breast screening for women between 70 and 74.