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

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BCFNZ sad to announce death of pioneer breast surgeon
19 May 2021

BCFNZ sad to announce death of pioneer breast surgeon

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is sad to announce the death of Dr Belinda Scott, who was for many years a key member of our Medical Advisory Committee and a long-time member of our Board of Trustees.
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A hot new way to help fight breast cancer
04 May 2021

A hot new way to help fight breast cancer

Now supporting BCFNZ has never been easier, with the launch of our very own SBS Pink Ribbon Visa.
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National Register reaches 100% coverage
04 May 2021

National Register reaches 100% coverage

In 2020 we began the expansion of the Breast Cancer Foundation National Register, after consolidating four regional registers (Auckland, Waikato, Wellington & Christchurch) which covered two-thirds of the country’s DHB regions. By the start of 2021 all DHBs had signed up.
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“Breast cancer touches so many Kiwi women, that’s why it’s such an important cause to support”
04 May 2021

“Breast cancer touches so many Kiwi women, that’s why it’s such an important cause to support”

Monika Naidu has watched two family members and a close friend go through breast cancer. Seeing the suffering caused by the disease is what prompted Monika to act. She and her husband Daven recently hosted a lunch at their restaurant – Auckland’s Chancery Bistro – which raised an incredible $11,255 for BCFNZ.
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Vital patient support provided when it was needed the most
04 May 2021

Vital patient support provided when it was needed the most

After launching our Christmas Appeal we received an overwhelming response – we’ve raised more than $115,000 to keep our support services running. These vital funds mean we can keep being there for breast cancer patients when they need us most.
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Jackie Klouwens’ lasting legacy – a bequest that means so much
04 May 2021

Jackie Klouwens’ lasting legacy – a bequest that means so much

Kim’s favourite memories of her mum Jackie centre around how compassionate and loving she was.
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Save your life in the time it takes to get changed
04 May 2021

Save your life in the time it takes to get changed

Radio personality and newest BCFNZ Ambassador, Sarah Gandy, has a simple message for Kiwi women: “Saving your life can be as easy as checking your breasts in the time it takes to get changed.”
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“I just want to make sure I’m here for my greatgrandchildren"
04 May 2021

“I just want to make sure I’m here for my greatgrandchildren"

Claudine Thompson had signed up for mammograms as soon as she qualified for them. They had always come back clear, until her last free mammogram in 2018 showed a tiny lump in her left breast.
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A special collection for a good cause
04 May 2021

A special collection for a good cause

Cordy’s Auctioneers is auctioning more than 400 china toast racks to support Pink Ribbon Breakfast, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ's largest fundraising campaign.
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New advice issued to women about Covid-19 vaccinations and mammograms
18 February 2021

New advice issued to women about Covid-19 vaccinations and mammograms

Ahead of New Zealand’s roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urging Kiwi women not to delay their mammograms, as reports suggest a possible side effect of the vaccine may mimic breast cancer symptoms.
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Don’t delay cancer checks this World Cancer Day
04 February 2021

Don’t delay cancer checks this World Cancer Day

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is teaming up with health organisations around New Zealand to spread the message: ‘Don’t wait. Contact your doctor. Get checked.’
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“Get your mammogram so other mokopuna can have more time with their kuia”
15 October 2020

“Get your mammogram so other mokopuna can have more time with their kuia”

​Stacey Morrison’s 7-year-old daughter Maiana is urging Kiwi women to go for regular mammograms, as part of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s annual awareness-raising campaign.
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Pharmac review a chance to end agonisingly slow drug approval process
13 October 2020

Pharmac review a chance to end agonisingly slow drug approval process

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is calling on the next government to end the unfair and outdated evaluation process that means Kiwis with terminal breast cancer wait years longer for the latest drugs,.
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10 ways to make the most of October
01 October 2020

10 ways to make the most of October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here's how you can get involved this month...
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Auckland turns pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
29 September 2020

Auckland turns pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the first time, Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge and the Queen Street Lights will be lighting up pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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MonarchE trial holds hope for early breast cancer patients
24 September 2020

MonarchE trial holds hope for early breast cancer patients

Promising results from the MonarchE trial could give hope to women with high-risk HR+, HER2- early breast cancer.
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Free GP visits for terminally-ill patients: Making your voices heard in Wellington
08 September 2020

Free GP visits for terminally-ill patients: Making your voices heard in Wellington

In July we were invited to present our petition, signed by thousands of you, in front of the Health Select Committee. We made the case that all advanced breast cancer (ABC) patients should automatically be able to see their GP for free.
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“I lost my own mum to breast cancer, now I help others”
08 September 2020

“I lost my own mum to breast cancer, now I help others”

Earlier this year we welcomed Judith Beattie to our team of specialist breast care nurses.
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Celebrating 20 years of being cancer-free
08 September 2020

Celebrating 20 years of being cancer-free

Vicky Newman, a mum of two from Kaukapakapa, was just 34 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She had a mastectomy and chemotherapy, but less than a year later, Vicky learnt the cancer had returned in her neck.
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Thousands host Pink Ribbon Breakfast in July
31 August 2020

Thousands host Pink Ribbon Breakfast in July

The COVID-19 lockdown forced us to postpone Pink Ribbon Breakfast this year, but we were so excited to be able to go ahead in July. To date, we’ve had 1,700 wonderful people organise and host their own Pink Ribbon Breakfast, and over $700,000 has been raised.
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COVID-19 must not be an excuse to scupper plans for early access to cancer drugs
10 June 2020

COVID-19 must not be an excuse to scupper plans for early access to cancer drugs

Breast Cancer Foundation says Government must not break its promise to develop an early access programme for new cancer medicines, following two promising trial results for advanced breast cancer.
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“Don’t back away from cancer plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation begs
10 May 2020

“Don’t back away from cancer plan,” Breast Cancer Foundation begs

“Don’t use COVID-19 as an excuse to back away from your commitment to cancer patients,” Breast Cancer Foundation NZ begged the Government, in response to today’s announcement of an additional $160m over four years for Pharmac to secure the supply of approved medicines.
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“New Zealand is now on the right path”: World-leading oncologist lauds funding announcement
05 March 2020

“New Zealand is now on the right path”: World-leading oncologist lauds funding announcement

Pharmac’s confirmation that life-extending new drug Ibrance will be funded from April 1 for Kiwis with advanced breast cancer (ABC) has drawn praise from Dr Fatima Cardoso.
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BCFNZ responds to proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer
05 February 2020

BCFNZ responds to proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has given feedback on the proposed funding of palbociclib for advanced breast cancer.