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News & updates

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

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Māori surgeon awarded $300,000 research boost to close breast cancer survival gap
05 June 2024

Māori surgeon awarded $300,000 research boost to close breast cancer survival gap

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, along with Breast Cancer Cure, are thrilled to award the inaugural Māori Breast Cancer Research Leadership Fellowship to Dr Maxine Ronald. Dr Ronald is New Zealand’s only wahine Māori breast surgeon. Her research will focus on working with researchers across the country to build Māori capability and leadership in breast cancer research.
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NZ Air Force’s flying Kiwi turns pink for breast cancer awareness
22 May 2024

NZ Air Force’s flying Kiwi turns pink for breast cancer awareness

A Royal New Zealand Air Force aviator has come up with a never-been-done-before way to raise breast cancer awareness.
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New funding for Pharmac welcome but significantly more still needed
29 April 2024

New funding for Pharmac welcome but significantly more still needed

Pharmac budget boost welcome, but more funding is still needed to give breast cancer patients access to new, modern medicines.
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NZ’s first Indian MP named as new Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador
24 April 2024

NZ’s first Indian MP named as new Breast Cancer Foundation ambassador

We're delighted to welcome Kanwaljit Bakshi as our newest ambassador.
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Life-saving treatment for triple negative breast cancer a step closer to being funded
02 April 2024

Life-saving treatment for triple negative breast cancer a step closer to being funded

Pharmac has recommended Keytruda should be publicly funded for both early and advanced triple negative breast cancer.
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Exciting news: The work has started on free screening for 70-74
15 February 2024

Exciting news: The work has started on free screening for 70-74

Today, we are celebrating a big win to ensure more breast cancer is detected early – the work has finally started on our eight year long campaign to extend free breast screening for Kiwi women aged 70-74.
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New drug is good news but Pharmac refuses to reconsider eligibility
14 February 2024

New drug is good news but Pharmac refuses to reconsider eligibility

Pharmac will fund ribociclib for Kiwis with hormone-positive advanced breast cancer, but the drug-buying agency has refused our recommendation to allow patients to switch drugs if they have severe side-effects.
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New Pink Campervan kicks off inaugural tour, taking breast cancer awareness to the regions
16 October 2023

New Pink Campervan kicks off inaugural tour, taking breast cancer awareness to the regions

Our new, state-of-the-art Pink Campervan has embarked on its inaugural tour, taking life-saving breast health education to all regions of Aotearoa New Zealand.
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What Google searches are telling us about the state of breast cancer in NZ
02 October 2023

What Google searches are telling us about the state of breast cancer in NZ

A dramatic surge in Google searches related to breast cancer in the last year has not correlated with an increase in mammogram participation. We're worried this may signal a concerning trend about the state of breast cancer in Aotearoa.
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New Zealand shines pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
28 September 2023

New Zealand shines pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

More than 60 iconic sites across Aotearoa New Zealand will be glowing in pink this October to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Will the next Government do enough for breast cancer?
27 September 2023

Will the next Government do enough for breast cancer?

Ahead of the election, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ has laid down a challenge to political parties to tackle breast cancer – the leading killer of New Zealand women under 65.
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Free mammograms for older women receives cross-party support in Parliament
31 August 2023

Free mammograms for older women receives cross-party support in Parliament

We're welcoming the cross-party support received for Dr Shane Reti's bill to increase the breast screening age.
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Pharmac breast cancer drug restriction denies patients “another chance at more time”
23 August 2023

Pharmac breast cancer drug restriction denies patients “another chance at more time”

Pharmac has missed a golden opportunity to allow more Kiwis access to a new breast cancer drug, a move that would have brought New Zealand into line with the rest of the world and removed a disparity that hits Māori and Pasifika hardest.
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Breast cancer screening bill pulled from ballot
27 July 2023

Breast cancer screening bill pulled from ballot

Today Dr Shane Reti's private member's bill to increase the breast screening age to 74 has been drawn from the ballot box, taking us one step closer to our older women being able to access free mammograms.
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Pharmac breast cancer cost-saving proposal welcome but ignores patients facing “dead-end”
08 June 2023

Pharmac breast cancer cost-saving proposal welcome but ignores patients facing “dead-end”

We're welcoming Pharmac's proposal to replace Herceptin with a cheaper and safe alternative for HER2-positive breast cancer, but we're disappointed Pharmac's medical advisors won't widen access to this drug for certain patients who have run out of options.
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Government stalling on breast screening costs the life of one woman every month
01 June 2023

Government stalling on breast screening costs the life of one woman every month

One woman a month will needlessly lose her life to breast cancer thanks to the Government’s latest refusal to uphold its promise of lifting the breast screening age to 74.
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Pink Ribbon Breakfast website crash: “We still need - and can accept - your donations!”
25 May 2023

Pink Ribbon Breakfast website crash: “We still need - and can accept - your donations!”

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is urging New Zealanders to donate to the first ever Pink Ribbon Breakfast Day, despite its website crashing this morning.
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Budget 2023: "It’s hard to see how the Government is serious about its women’s health strategy"
18 May 2023

Budget 2023: "It’s hard to see how the Government is serious about its women’s health strategy"

In response to the Budget 2023 announcement, our CEO Ah-Leen Rayner says: “It’s hard to see how the Government is serious about its women’s health strategy when this Budget has nothing in it for women’s health - let alone breast cancer."
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Pre-Budget warning to the women of NZ: “Brace yourselves for disappointment”
16 May 2023

Pre-Budget warning to the women of NZ: “Brace yourselves for disappointment”

Ahead of Budget 2023, Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is issuing a stark warning to the women of Aotearoa New Zealand: brace yourselves for disappointment that our Government won’t do more to prevent deaths from breast cancer.
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Breast Cancer Foundation NZ pays tribute to patron Dame Rosie Horton
15 May 2023

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ pays tribute to patron Dame Rosie Horton

Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is mourning the death of its patron, Dame Rosie Horton, who passed away at Auckland City Hospital over the weekend.
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“It’s not good enough that 10 women in Wellington may have been harmed by a service that is meant to protect them"
10 May 2023

“It’s not good enough that 10 women in Wellington may have been harmed by a service that is meant to protect them"

In response to the two reviews looking into breast screening released today by Te Whatu Ora, BCFNZ CEO Ah-Leen Rayner says the national Breast Screening Action Plan mentioned must be ambitious and deliver tangible change – extending the screening age to 74 and lowering it to 40 for Māori and Pacific women is the bare minimum needed to save more lives.
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Revealed: Where our political parties stand on tackling breast cancer
03 May 2023

Revealed: Where our political parties stand on tackling breast cancer

All New Zealanders can now see where the country’s political parties stand on tackling breast cancer – the leading cause of death for New Zealand women under 65.
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MPs back charity’s plea for improvements to breast screening
02 March 2023

MPs back charity’s plea for improvements to breast screening

Parliament's Petitions Committee is backing our call on Government to improve access to breast screening, in the wake of Covid-19 lockdowns creating a massive mammogram backlog.
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“Don’t suffer in silence”: Charity urges breast cancer survivors to act on long-term effects
03 February 2023

“Don’t suffer in silence”: Charity urges breast cancer survivors to act on long-term effects

Ahead of World Cancer Day (4 February), we're highlighting the issue of long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment, to gain more knowledge in this under-researched field.