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News & updates

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

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"I found my lump just before a Pink Ribbon Breakfast"
09 May 2022

"I found my lump just before a Pink Ribbon Breakfast"

As a nurse, Barbara is well aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and how to look for them. But it was a friend's Pink Ribbon Breakfast in 2009 that prompted her to do a self-check just before the event.
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You're helping to create a better future for breast cancer
09 May 2022

You're helping to create a better future for breast cancer

When Leehane was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, at the age of 35, she felt scared and completely in the dark about what was happening. After a gruelling treatment regime Leehane thought she was in the clear. Only three years later she was given the devastating news. The cancer had returned.
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Orange is the new pink
21 April 2022

Orange is the new pink

Last week’s move to the orange traffic light setting has brought with it lots of exciting changes for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, including a return to the office for our Auckland staff members
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Keeping you and your whānau safe during the Omicron outbreak
07 April 2022

Keeping you and your whānau safe during the Omicron outbreak

With now only those who test positive with Covid-19 and their household contacts required to isolate, the chance of catching Omicron while you’re out and about has increased
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AGenDA calls for the end of genetic discrimination in New Zealand
15 March 2022

AGenDA calls for the end of genetic discrimination in New Zealand

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has joined patient advocacy group AGenDA to call for the end of the discrimination preventing Kiwis from accessing genetic testing
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Meet the recipients of our clinical and science fellowships for 2022
15 January 2022

Meet the recipients of our clinical and science fellowships for 2022

Read more about the researchers we are funding, and their projects, here.
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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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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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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Your body clock and breast cancer risk
24 March 2021

Your body clock and breast cancer risk

Our body clocks underpin our daily routines, from when we wake to when we sleep. And new research is exploring whether these circadian rhythms could protect us against breast cancer...
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Finding your ‘new normal’
18 March 2021

Finding your ‘new normal’

You've finished breast cancer treatment, so what now? Our blog has tips for how to ease the transition from cancer patient to survivorship in this blog.
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Your guide to ‘going flat’ after breast cancer
03 March 2021

Your guide to ‘going flat’ after breast cancer

A new survey found that many women who choose to go flat after breast cancer surgery after satisfied with their choice. We take a look at what going flat means and why many women prefer it.
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Gut feeling: Could the gut microbiome be causing breast cancer?
18 January 2021

Gut feeling: Could the gut microbiome be causing breast cancer?

The gut microbiome has been a hot topic in recent years and research has now begun to delve into whether it could play a role in the development of cancer.
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Dealing with decisions in ABC
16 December 2020

Dealing with decisions in ABC

We share a guide to navigating decision pathways during advanced breast cancer treatment.
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Brain gain: How to manage ‘chemo brain’
16 December 2020

Brain gain: How to manage ‘chemo brain’

‘Chemo brain’ is a common side effect of breast cancer treatment. We've rounded up some tips to help you manage brain fog.
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Julie's Story
02 November 2020

Julie's Story

Julie Reynolds, from Estee Lauder and a mother of two daughters in their 20s, writes about the importance of early detection and why she’s taking part in the Pink Ribbon Walk.
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Kristelle's story
02 November 2020

Kristelle's story

Kristelle Thomsen, from Clinique NZ, writes about the impact of breast cancer on her family and why she’s calling on people to sign up for a Pink Ribbon Walk.
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Parekura's story
16 October 2020

Parekura's story

Parekura Tutua-Nathan, a Clinique consultant in Wellington, shares why she's walking for her māmā in the Pink Ribbon Walk.
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Debbie's story
16 October 2020

Debbie's story

Kim Tuliau from Bobbi Brown, Farmers, has always admired the strength and courage of client Debbie Hill, a breast cancer survivor. She invited her in for a complimentary makeover so she could find out more about her story.
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Is it okay to fast during chemotherapy?
14 July 2020

Is it okay to fast during chemotherapy?

A new study sheds light on the benefits of fasting before and during chemotherapy treatment.