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BCAC’s meeting with the new Minister of Health, Dr Jonathan Coleman earlier this week, to discuss issues affecting breast cancer patients, has led to the Minister proposing to develop and implement a Breast Care Work Programme.
BCAC Chair, Libby Burgess says the Minister was receptive to many of the issues raised and he has directed Ministry staff to meet quarterly with BCAC to develop a high level Breast Care Work Programme.
Seven years after losing her mother to breast cancer, a Taranaki Zumba instructor will hold two Zumba dance parties and donate the proceeds to BCAC.
Taranaki District Zumba Co-ordinator, Puna Wano-Bryant, recently found out about the work of BCAC and wanted to do something. “I saw your logo and your pack (Step by Step support Pack) and went on your website and thought this is awesome. I like the way you provide support to the patients. It’s not just about research.”
Artist Penny Kember, who paints under the name Merthyr Ruxton, will open a new exhibition this week at the Railway St Studios in Newmarket, Auckland.
Following her own diagnosis and recovery from breast cancer some years ago Penny has generously agreed to donate a portion of the sales proceeds to the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC).
PINC & STEEL are really excited by the positive response they have had from women with breast cancer registering for their brand new Pinc NEXT STEPS program. They have funding from the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation for 10 women in each of the following regions: Orewa, Albany, Mt Eden, Hamilton, Mount Maunganui, Rotorua, Napier, Welington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.
Navigating your way through hereditary breast and ovarian cancer is proudly brought to you by The Gift of Knowledge. It will take place on 6th & 7th of March 2015, Riccarton Park, Christchurch.
The Gift of Knowledge was established in 2009 with the aim of providing information and support to people who are impacted by a genetic pre-disposition to breast and ovarian cancer.
The Breast Cancer Network NZ (BCN) is proud to present Jason Shon Bennett who is a self-cured health researcher, international speaker and best-selling author. Join them for an evening exploring health and nutrition for healing.
To be held at Domain Lodge, Cancer Society, 1 Boyle Crescent, Grafton, Auckland on Wednesday 22nd April from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
A $10 donation on entry is kindly requested to cover costs.
A recently published paper by a New Zealand surgeon comparing breast cancer survival rates in Australia and New Zealand reveals lower overall survival rates at five years for New Zealand women, with Māori and Pacific survival found to be significantly worse than other ethnicities.
Following a case late last year where a Rotorua woman was denied delayed breast reconstruction after having a double mastectomy, a Waikato surgeon is urging patients to request a reconstruction at the outset of their treatment to avoid this happening.