European experts now recommend that breast density be reported with every mammogram and that women with extremely dense breasts be advised to undergo additional screening, given their greater risk of breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition makes submissions and applications to Government, Te Whatu Ora, Pharmac and health organisations with the aim of improving the access to, and quality of, treatment for women with breast cancer.
On this page you can view the recent submissions and applications we've made.
The Pinkies Are Back depicts a group of extraordinary women conquering and surviving breast cancer, setting up a dragon boat team, and working together to win a gold medal in a competition held in Auckland. It’s an ode to women on the water. There are breast cancer survivor dragon boat teams around the world, as it has become an established popular rehabilitation system - "Exercise is Medicine". They put all efforts into paddling, just as they fight for the silver lining of their life. Released in New Zealand cinemas on March 18, 2021, and globally distributed in 2022, the film continues to inspire people around the world and not only those who have been affected by breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Research Trust’s popular Pink Walk and Run fundraiser is back again this October, along with two other local community-organised events in Huntly and Putaruru.
Cindy Jacobs, spokeswoman for the Breast Cancer Research Trust and organiser of the Hamilton event, says that having three events throughout the Waikato makes it easier for more people to get involved:
“At least one woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every day in the Waikato. Breast cancer is something that impacts our entire community. Having the events throughout the Waikato is a great way to get more of the community involved, raise awareness, and make a difference to those affected by breast cancer.”
A new dragon boat season is upon us, and this is a great sport for those recovering from Breast Cancer treatment. With the borders opening up worldwide, the opportunity to go global again is super exciting as well as lots of great regattas here in Aotearoa.
We train Tuesday & Thursday nights at Westhaven, 6-7pm on the water, and add a third training day, Sunday, in the new year. There are always opportunities for those wishing to paddle or learn how to steer the boat to come along and join in.
If you're keen to give it a go - get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Breast Cancer Foundation NZ regularly runs webinars on topics of interest to kiwis experiencing breast cancer, with local experts sharing information relevant to us. These are run online and also recorded for later viewing.
You can find out about the next BCFNZ webinar by regularly checking Upcoming events on BCAC’s homepage.
Click the links below to see to videos of past BCFNZ webinars:
Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) is an Australia/ New Zealand organisation that supports breast cancer research. BCT’s Q and A sessions bring together a panel of experts to answer questions about various breast cancer topics. These meetings are run in person and online, and are video recorded.
You can find out about the next BCT Q and A session by regularly checking Upcoming events on BCAC’s homepage.
You can view videos of past Q and A sessions by following the links below: