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OUR MISSION: ZERO DEATHS FROM BREAST CANCER BY 2030

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and an important time for NBCF to highlight why research in this area is so crucial. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, with 9 people losing their lives to the disease every day.

The only way to stop deaths from breast cancer is by funding research to improve our understanding of how breast cancer originates, grows and spreads so that we can stop it in its tracks. Join us in our mission to end deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

ABOUT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) takes place every October. The aim of the BCAM is to shine a light on the devastating impact breast cancer has on thousands of Australians each day.

Over 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed with the disease this year alone.

That equates to 55 Australians every day.

And over 3000 Australians will lose their lives to breast cancer this year. That’s someone’s mother, sister, friend or family member whose life has been tragically cut short because of the disease.

Although the five-year survival rate has increased from 76% to 91% (and rising) since 1994 thanks to research, there is still progress to be made to stop deaths from breast cancer. By targeting the remaining 9% who don’t live past this survival rate, NBCF’s goal is to reach Zero Deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

We rely entirely on generous donations from the Australian community to fund leading breast cancer researchers. Through these funds, we are able to invest in world-class research in prevention, detection, new and improved treatment and quality of life to ultimately stop deaths from breast cancer.

HOW YOU CAN BE INVOLVED IN BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

This October, come together with friends, family or colleagues to raise funds for game changing breast cancer research.

Register today

Merchandise

Spread the word, you’re helping to save lives. Every purchase supports game-changing breast cancer research.

Shop today

SET A GOAL AND GO FOR IT

We have all the fundraising tips and tools to make your fundraising event a success.

NBCF calls for funding increase as COVID-19 update warns more advanced breast cancer diagnoses could rise

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) has marked the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by calling for increased funding into more advanced breast cancers, publishing an update on COVID-19’s impact on the disease which forewarns the potential increase in more advanced diagnoses in the coming years. 

 

READ NBCF’S IMPACT OF COVID-19 REPORT

 

This comes as the pandemic has seen a drop in breast screening, breast care appointments and surgeries, with rescheduled appointments and the closure of BreastScreen facilities resulting in roughly 98 per cent of breast screens cancelled or delayed across Australia in April 2020, while diagnostic and investigational surgeries dropped by up to a third in the first wave of COVID-19 alone.

While research has seen positive progress in the rise of the overall five-year breast cancer survival rate from 76 per cent in 1994 to 91.5 per cent this year, this update is a reminder that further investment is needed for research tackling hard-to-treat breast cancers to improve survival outcomes for the women yet to develop or be diagnosed with these types of the disease. 

To raise awareness this breast cancer awareness month, NBCF has teamed up with iconic landmarks across the country to light up pink throughout breast cancer awareness months. Some landmarks going pink for October, include:

-Bolte Bridge
-M4 Tunnel
-Federation Square
-Viterra Silos
-Bell Tower
-Palazzo Versace
-Kurilpa Bridge
-Story Bridge

LIGHT UP BUILDINGS THIS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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