Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion of­fers sup­port and in­for­ma­tion

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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.

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