Australian researchers calling for community support this October

September 28th, 2017

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is calling on the community to partner with them to raise vital funds for breast cancer research by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast in October.

Every day in 2017, 48 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 8 women will die from the disease, leaving countless families devastated.1

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign held in October for International Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign will focus on research that will have the biggest impact and save lives. This includes metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer which has spread beyond the breast. of metastatic breast cancer much lower than early stage diagnosis, it is crucial for the community to come together With the five year survival rate to fund research that will improve outcomes in this area.

Funds raised through a Pink Ribbon Breakfast will directly support NBCF researchers including Associate Professor Claudine Bonder from the University of South Australia. Professor Bonder and her team of researchers are searching for a treatment for metastatic breast cancer by repurposing an available drug that blocks blood vessel development and potentially prevents further tumor growth due to breast cancer.

“Our research can result in a new treatment option for patients with the most difficult to treat breast cancer. Continuous support from the Australian community is so important to ensure we achieve the necessary advancements in treating metastatic breast cancer,” Professor Bonder said.

In developed countries like Australia, up to one-third of women who have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to develop metastatic breast cancer.2 This can occur more than 10-15 years after the original diagnosis.3

NBCF Speakers Network member Tracey Ryan, 54, knows all too well the impact that breast cancer has. Both a mother and a grandmother, Tracey was diagnosed in 2010 when she was 47. She has undergone multiple surgeries and several courses of chemotherapy and faces an ongoing breast cancer journey.

“My diagnosis was shocking and devastating but knowing that NBCF is funding the best possible research gives me great hope and comfort knowing that becoming involved with helping others probably also helps me to better cope with the disease,” said Tracey.

Professor Sarah Hosking, Chief Executive Officer of NBCF, said “we know research is the only way to stop deaths from breast cancer and create a better tomorrow for those affected. Our researchers have come a long way but there is still so much to be done to reach our goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.”

There are many ways to get involved. Whether you host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast at your workplace, at school or even at your home, all funds will contribute to NBCF’s goal of raising $2 million for breast cancer research.

Register to host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast at www.pinkribbonbreakfast.org.au