Breast Cancer Foundation offers support and information
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer you’re bound to have questions. The Breast Cancer Foundation can offer assistance to guide you through. Do you need support? Breast cancer treatment can be difficult to deal with, both practically and emotionally, the Breast Cancer Foundation provides support services to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, and have information on support offered by other organisations.
Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand is a not-for-profit charitable trust. They rely entirely on donations from the New Zealand public including personal donations, fundraising events and corporate partnerships for their work. Vision and Mission Their vision: Zero deaths from breast cancer.
Their mission: Pushing for new frontiers in early detection, treatment and support.
They believe that one day, no one will die of breast cancer. Breast cancer will probably still exist, but it will be diagnosed early, and treated better to prevent it spreading (breast cancer rarely kills unless it spreads beyond the breast). And if it does spread, there will be treatments and support to keep people alive for a very long time – just as now happens with HIV, diabetes and several other conditions that used to be a death sentence but which are now manageable over the long term.
The foundation’s job is to do all they can to bring that day forward. That’s where they need your help. Thanks to your generous donations, they are aggressively pushing for new frontiers in early detection, treatment and support. Did you know? The Breast Cancer Foundation of New Zealand are promoting breast awareness and early detection to all women and men; helping break down the barriers that stop every eligible woman getting her mammogram; and actively encouraging the development and testing of new technologies for early detection.
The foundation is funding the latest technologies and equipment for hospitals, ensuring Kiwis have access to new treatments as early as possible, and training doctors and nurses to use them. They are supporting clinical trials, and lobbying for wider access to trials of new drugs, and urging the government to introduce powerful new drugs faster.
They are also funding world-class Kiwi researchers to develop new treatments, including a vaccine that could prevent cancers spreading beyond the breast.
We’re actively supporting patients recovering from treatment and those living long term with breast cancer, to improve their quality of life and extend survival. Who they reach All Kiwis – with education about breast awareness, screening-mammograms, breast cancer risk and breast health, including women and men in remote areas, and ethnic groups with poorer breast cancer outcomes.
People with breast cancer – with support services and information for patients, their families and friends.
Health professionals – with information resources for GP and hospital clinics, continuing education for GPs, and training for medical specialists and breastcare nurses.
Researchers and scientists – by sharing the foundation’s priorities, and supporting new research and clinical trials in areas that will make a real difference.
Government – by advocating to and informing government agencies about current issues in breast cancer treatment
Breast Cancer Interest Groups – with assistance to breast cancer support groups throughout New Zealand Their symbol is the ‘pink ribbon’ It’s the international symbol of breast cancer and trademarked to BCFNZ in New Zealand. October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month – the month where breast health awareness messages reach their peak. A large percentage of the foundation’s work is funded by donations received each October, from community fundraising events and the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal.