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With your support, Professor Bogda Koczwara’s NBCF-funded research is looking to improve the management of heart health issues for people going through or recovering from breast cancer.
Cardiovascular disease is the second-leading cause of death for women with a diagnosis of breast cancer (following breast cancer itself). Currently, there are no clear pathways through breast cancer treatment that focus on maintaining heart health throughout. Professor Koczwara aims to ensure women have access to medical care that promises they receive the best breast cancer treatment without having to compromise their heart health.
Professor Koczwara’s research will develop a new, nurse-led clinical model of care that will centre on identifying just how much risk each individual has of developing heart problems. The risk is highest for those who had known risk factors when they were diagnosed with breast cancer – like obesity and poor diet. These are very common in Australian women. Right now, there are more opportunities to reduce the strain on the hearts of Australian women going through breast cancer treatment, so this project could go a long way towards saving many lives if it is successful.
Once a person’s risk has been assessed, they will be taught how they can achieve better heart health for themselves, preventing or managing the potential toxic side-effects of cancer treatment on the heart.
Through assessing a person’s risk, it will allow them to take control of their own heart health, preventing complications further down the line. This research will help to save the lives of many Australians that would otherwise fall to breast cancer’s quiet second danger. This will keep so many families together for longer – preventing heartbreak in so many ways.
For the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), Foil Me create and offer exclusive breast cancer research designed hair foils where they donate $1 from the sale of each box for their yearly Pink October campaign. It has been inspiring to watch Foil Me grow as a business and find opportunities for our partnership to grow too, always keeping NBCF close.
Foil Me’s main goal for the partnership is to ensure their influence and success can assist NBCF in achieving our goal of Zero Deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
For their 2020 campaign, ‘Ten ‘Till Never Again,’ Foil Me donated a portion of the sale price of their foils, brushes and t-shirts. This was combined with running their annual ‘Pink October’ and ‘Pink Day’ awareness campaign where salons and businesses dress themselves in pink. The salons and businesses then share their photos and videos on their social media accounts, tagging @foilmefoils and the @nbcfaus account and the hashtag #tentillneveragain.
Though Victoria’s salons were mostly closed during last year’s campaign due to the pandemic, Foil Me still managed to involve more salons than ever before, increasing the total funds they raised for life-saving breast cancer research compared to 2019. We’re so grateful for their efforts in such a difficult year for the beauty and hair industry and we are excited to see what they will achieve this year.
We’ve been so encouraged by all the new and innovative ways you all continued to show your support during the pandemic. We’ve got a whole calendar of events that you can take part in this year, so you can carry on making life-saving breast cancer research happen.
In Australia, 55 people are still hearing the devastating words ‘It’s breast cancer’ every day.
To give hope to every single person going through a diagnosis, we challenge you to do 55 squats a day in March.
Complete 55 squats a day over 31 days throughout the month of March.
Tag five friends to join you on your challenge and come together either virtually or in person and squat for breast cancer research.
Back yourself and kick-start your fundraising by making a personal donation to your page.
Level up from beginner to intermediate to advanced. The more you raise the more levels you'll unlock throughout the challenge.
During the month of March, raise funds for breast cancer research and share your progress on social media with the hashtag #55squats.