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About breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.

Its incidence is increasing – with 1 in 7 Australian women and 1 in 675 Australian men expected to be diagnosed in their lifetime.

The disease develops when cells within the breast grow abnormally and multiply to form a tumour. Thanks to medical research, breast cancer that is contained within the breast is now largely treatable. Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) started funding research in 1994, five-year breast cancer survival rates have improved from 76% to 91%.

It’s progress to be proud of. But the job’s not done.

If a breast cancer tumour spreads (metastasises) to another part of the body, treatments are far less effective. For women with this advanced form of breast cancer, survival rates are significantly lower.  8 Australian women still lose their life to the disease every single day.

Targeted, world-class research is the only way to stop women and men dying from breast cancer. By gaining a better understanding of how breast cancer tumours originate, grow and spread, we can find better ways to prevent and treat them.

NBCF is committed to funding research to reach one determined goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.


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Our Research Projects

Learn more about the innovative, world-class research we fund.