Mission and Goals
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is the only national body that funds life-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. Breast cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer facing Australian women, with eight women dying from the disease each day — mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and friends.
Research is the only way to improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. By funding only world-class research, NBCF is working towards a goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
NBCF research has helped develop better therapies, greater understanding of possible ways to stop the spread of breast cancer to other areas, and improved quality of life for patients and their families. Since we were established in 1994, we have awarded more than $140 million to 470 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and well-being of those affected by breast cancer. With no Government funding, this money has been raised entirely by the Australian public.
Our goal is that by 2030, there will be zero deaths from breast cancer, a goal that would see more women and men living longer with breast cancer, and empower them with a greater quality of life. While more women are surviving an initial diagnosis of breast cancer — nine out of 10 are alive five years after their diagnosis —once breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, it is thought that the number of women surviving five years is only around one-in-five.1 There is still much work to be done.
We are proud to raise and grant funds exclusively for research, because we believe research is the most effective way to end breast cancer. That doesn’t mean that we’re searching for a ‘cure’, because research tells us that breast cancer is actually a complex group of different types of tumours. We are committed to funding innovative research — from finding better ways to detect breast cancer earlier, to figuring out what causes breast cancer cells to spread, so we can work out how to stop it for each tumour, for each woman and each man affected by this disease.
Every dollar helps NBCF move closer towards zero deaths from breast cancer.
1. American Cancer Society. Breast cancer survival rates by stage.