Breast Cancer Foundation NZ works hard to create positive change in the following areas:
- Ensuring at-risk groups have access to funded mammograms
- Continued improvement in access to treatment and care for all New Zealanders
- Development and implementation of NZ guidelines to improve consistency of care
- The rolling out of a national breast cancer patient register
- Improved access to breast cancer drugs
- Increased access for women to reconstructive surgery.
BCFNZ is a committed member of Cancer Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO), an alliance of eight prominent NZ charities: Beat Bowl Cancer Aotearoa, Child Cancer Foundation, Hospice New Zealand, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer, Melanoma Foundation and The Cancer Society. The group was formed in 2007 to unite cancer charities, strengthening our anti-cancer efforts.
Raising the free mammogram upper age limit from 69 to 74
Free mammograms stop at age 69, but your risk of breast cancer is actually higher at 70 than it is at 50. We've been campaigning to raise the upper age limit for free mammograms from 69 to 74, to ensure that women in their early 70s are able to detect breast cancer as early as possible.
We'd like to say a big thank you to the 10,000 caring Kiwis who signed our petition. We presented it, and the evidence for raising the screening age, to the Health Select Committee, and, last year, the Government responded by announcing they intend to "progressively increase the age for free breast screening to 74."
Advocacy: raising the free mammogram age from 69 to 74
In 2016, BCFNZ presented evidence to the Health Select Committee to support raising the free mammogram age from 69 to 74, in front of a backdrop of these wonderful women, all of whom were diagnosed with breast cancer over 69. New Zealand is full of vivacious older women, loved and valued by their friends and families, who deserve access to free mammograms. Thanks to everyone who signed our petition, and to the women who shared their stories with us.
Kiwi women aged 70+ talk about mammograms, breast cancer treatment, and getting on with their lives. Read their stories.
Tony generously shared the story of his wife, Pam's, battle with breast cancer, to show the committee just how important this issue is.