Scientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer.
The study, published in Nature, has been described as a "milestone" moment that could help unlock new ways of treating and preventing the disease.
The largest study of its kind unpicked practically all the errors that cause healthy breast tissue to go rogue.
If you have breast cancer you are eligible for a free influenza vaccination and now is the best time to be immunised before the winter ‘flu season arrives.
The annual immunisation is recommended for people with ongoing medical conditions, who are at a higher risk of developing serious complications from influenza, such as pneumonia.
The latest review of New Zealand’s access to new and innovative medicines presents a damning picture of underfunding for cancer medicines.
A new study shows that post-menopausal women who stayed on a low fat diet for around eight years had improved breast cancer survival rates compared with women who were not on a low fat diet.
The Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute study was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting.
Attending the Inaugural International Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Congress in Sydney late last year was a fascinating and valuable experience for BCAC committee member, Greer Davis.
The congress was titled “Crossing Boundaries and bringing it all together” and really focused on the complex nature of treating and supporting young people with cancer.
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.