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BCAC is pushing for a special silicon dressing that helps to reduce skin damage during radiation therapy to be used nationwide.
The silicon film, called Mepitel film, is placed over the area to be irradiated and can reduce skin reactions to radiation therapy by more than 90 per cent, according to a study carried out by Otago University.
Plans are afoot to set up a nationwide service for New Zealand women who are at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
The proposal has been put forward by Dunedin consultant, Dr Simone Petrich, who works as a breast surgeon and obstetrician and gynaecologist.
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.
Women in Auckland who have received treatment for early stage breast cancer are needed for a trial investigating whether a Mediterranean diet improves health outcomes.
The trial is the first of its kind in New Zealand and is run by the Department of Nutrition at the University of Auckland.
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 in December 2015.
For children coping with losing a special person in their lives, they often lack the opportunity or knowledge to express how they are feeling. Kenzie’s Gift’s latest “Memories are Forever” packs have been designed to help and support bereaved children and their families so that they do not have to grieve alone.
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.”