Host a break­fast to help save lives

South Burnett Times - - READ - Reg­is­ter to host a Pink Rib­bon Break­fast at pinkrib­bon­break­

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.

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