Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. Its incidence is increasing, with breast cancer diagnoses rates having gone up 36% in the last 10 years. Since NBCF began in 1994, the five-year survival rate for breast cancer has increased from 76% to 91% thanks to world-class breast cancer research.
Research is the only way to end deaths from breast cancer. Our community ambassadors know this first-hand and share with us how advances in breast cancer research saved their lives.
Sara, diagnosed 2019
Sara was just 36 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. Married with two young children, she thought her world had come crashing down when she was diagnosed with the disease. She had a bilateral mastectomy, followed by chemo and radiation therapy. When Sara was undergoing treatment, she came across NBCF’s research projects online. Learning about these gave her the hope to keep going during her low moments. Currently, Sara is focused on rebuilding her life under a ‘new normal’ with the support of her family.
Anke, diagnosed 2003
Anke was 34 years old and a single mother of a four-month-old baby when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. With no family history of breast cancer, Anke was shocked to hear the news. Her family were all in Germany while she had to go weeks of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments alone in Australia. Thanks to breast cancer research, Anke is breast cancer free. She wants to use her experience to encourage other women to be breast aware and to head to the doctor if they notice any changes. Since her recovery, Anke has spent time volunteering for NBCF at speaker engagements and participating in fundraising activities with her daughter, Tessa.