Host a breakfast to help save lives
EVERY day this year, 48 Australian women will face a breast cancer diagnosis and eight will die from the disease, leaving countless families devastated.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is encouraging the community to raise funds for breast cancer research by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast this month.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Breakfast campaign for International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The campaign will focus on research that will have the biggest impact and save lives, including metastatic breast cancer, which is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast.
Funds raised through a Pink Ribbon Breakfast will support NBCF researchers and work by University of South Australia Associate Professor Claudine Bonder.
Prof Bonder and her team of researchers explore treatment options for metastatic breast cancer by repurposing an available drug that blocks blood vessel development and potentially prevents further tumour growth.
Prof Bonder said the research could result in a new treatment option for patients.
A third of women who have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to develop metastatic breast cancer. This can occur more than 10-15 years after the original diagnosis. Tracey Ryan, 54, knows the effects of breast cancer. Tracey was diagnosed in 2010 when she was 47.
She has undergone surgeries and several courses of chemotherapy and faces an ongoing breast cancer journey.
“My diagnosis was shocking and devastating but knowing that NBCF is funding the best possible research gives me great hope and comfort knowing that becoming involved with helping others probably also helps me to better cope with the disease,” Tracey said.