News from BCAC's member groups
More than 30 breast cancer-related groups belong to the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition. Find out more about what our member groups are up to on this page. If you want to know more about BCAC and our member groups, click here and subscribe to our e-newsletter.
During 2013 Breast Cancer Support (BCS) established a support group in Auckland for younger women. The group is for women aged 20 - 45 years who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. All are welcome and there is much fun, laughter and open sharing of experiences about what it's really like to be a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer.
Something for the men: Men's Group, at dove house
A breast cancer diagnosis has a far-reaching impact, affecting lives on many levels: practical, emotional, physical and spiritual. Family and friends offer much-needed support but often it is the husband or partner who must pull all the threads together, care for wife or partner and keep children, family, profession and life all moving forward. This is a group for partners, and grown up male family members.
Following treatment for breast cancer, many women want to know what they can do to ensure the cancer does not return. There’s one simple thing you can do to help reduce your risk – exercise!
Many studies have shown that an active lifestyle can help to reduce the incidence of breast cancer, but studies now also show that regular exercise can help to prevent breast cancer returning.
Pinc & STEEL is more than an exercise regime - it is a personalised therapeutic programme that is offered to women recovering from cancer surgery and related treatment. All women with cancer are eligible to participate in the programme, from the newly diagnosed to women 25+ years after their initial cancer diagnosis. The Pinc & STEEL programme was previously known as Pink Pilates.
Shocking Pink is a new New Zealand charity dedicated to supporting young women (aged 20-45) through their journey of breast cancer (and out the other side!) and is one of BCAC’s newest member groups.
BCAC member group, YWCA Encore, runs a pool-based exercise programme for women with breast cancer. The programme is designed to restore mobility, flexibility and confidence through gentle exercise. This is a free eight week course brought to you by the YWCA.
For more information and to find out about Encore sessions in your area please visit their website - www.akywca.org.nz