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NBCF welcomes new report on young women and breast cancer

October 28th, 2015

NBCF Acting CEO Jackie Coles attended Cancer Australia’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast this morning where the latest report from the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) was released, with the most current information about breast cancer in young Australian women.

Young-Women-Report-ImageThe report highlights the significant burden of a diagnosis on young women, and the importance of providing specific support in areas such as fertility and family, career, early menopause and body image, as well as long-term physical, psychological and social effects.

NBCF funds research across the spectrum of breast cancer and believes that the impact of the disease on young women – those aged under 40 – requires a specific focus. ‘Young women’ is one of our research themes that helps drive our grant program. Here you can read about our report “Not just an older woman’s disease: breast cancer in your 20s and 30s” from September 2014. You can read the full report here.

Of course this doesn’t detract from our focus into other areas of breast cancer that affect women (and men) of all ages – including novel therapies, metastatic (secondary) breast cancer, survivorship, early detection, prevention and risk, personalising treatment and familial breast cancer.