Buying time for research depends on your support

May 8th, 2014

Think back 17 years.

The year was 1997. John Howard was Prime Minister, Savage Garden was at the top of the charts, and The Castle had just debuted on the silver screen. It would be four years before you listened to music through an iPod, and you were probably still learning to use the ‘World Wide Web’.

How times have changed.

It’s hard to imagine then, that breakthrough medical discoveries made in a lab in 1997 may only now be having an impact on the way we treat different diseases. A recent review of medical research has shown that it can take up to 17 years for evidence uncovered through research to impact on clinical practice.

This is why time is such a precious commodity for breast cancer researchers.

At NBCF, we know too well that research is a long and arduous journey. Over the past 20 years, NBCF-funded research has had a significant impact on the lives of people with breast cancer.

In a world-first evaluation into the impact of investment in breast cancer research since 1995, published in 2013, NBCF-funded research was shown to have significant and global impact in breast cancer research. NBCF-funded research has contributed to key areas such as research policy and decision making, development of new drugs and diagnostics, changes in clinical practice and gains in health and quality of life for all those living with a diagnosis of breast cancer – with further impacts expected in future years.

But the work is far from over. Every minute our researchers spend in a lab, or investigating the needs of people with breast cancer, is another minute closer to our aspirational goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. For NBCF and for the researchers that we fund, more time gives more opportunities to make more breakthroughs. Time for research depends on your support.

Help NBCF achieve zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. It’s time to donate.