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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
“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.
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.
Pink Ribbon Press
Pink Ribbon Press - Autumn 2022

Pink Ribbon Press - Autumn 2022

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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.
Pink Ribbon Bulletins
February 2022

February 2022

Our latest report reveals how well NZ is doing in tackling breast cancer, we announce this year's recipients of our two Research Fellowships and update you on our Missing Women campaign.
Press release
10,600 New Zealanders call for urgent action on breast screening
09 December 2021

10,600 New Zealanders call for urgent action on breast screening

We've delivered our Missing Women petition to ACT's Brooke van Velden. More than 10,600 people signed it, calling for the Government to make sure women can access life-saving mammograms.
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.
News
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.
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
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.
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.