The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is supporting World Cancer Day today (February 4) and its focus on what each of us can to do help reduce the global burden of cancer.
This year’s campaign has a tagline of “I can. We can” and aims to encourage people to take action to save lives, improve equity in cancer care, and make fighting cancer a political priority.
Observing how well-trained and engaged patient advocates are in the US was inspiring for BCAC Committee member Melissa Bell who attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) in the US earlier this month.
Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is urging more women to participate in the free breast screening programme after a review found that it saves lives.
The University of New South Wales review of BreastScreen Aotearoa (BSA) reveals that women who have been screened are a third less likely to die from breast cancer.
BCAC chairperson Libby Burgess, says the results highlight the true value of the free breast screening programme for women aged 45 to 69.
More than 2 years have passed since Jessica Weller received her breast cancer diagnosis and she is grateful she made the decision to stay and be treated in the UK.
Jess was 12,000 miles from home and living in London when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 HER2+ breast cancer at age 27. “I had just got back from a trip to Croatia when I noticed a constant pain in both breasts. It was so painful, I couldn’t even touch them.”
The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is calling for urgent action following three recent studies which highlight inequalities in access to screening and treatment for Māori women with breast cancer.
The three studies, all published this year, show that Māori women have higher rates of advanced cancer; experience longer delays in getting surgical treatment; and have lower rates of breast cancer screening.