Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in females in Australia1. In 2010, about 14,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer2, equating to approximately 38 women being diagnosed each day3.
How does BCNA work with Health care professionals?
As a consumer organisation, BCNA works with Health professionals to educate and inform them about the needs of women with breast cancer, not just in relation to medical and treatment concerns, but the wider range of emotional, interpersonal, social and practical issues that they and their families face.
In our advocacy work we collaborate with Health professionals to ensure women have access to the most effective treatments and support available.
BCNA can also help by identifying and supplying representative to contribute to committees ensuring the needs of consumers with breast cancers are effectively addressed.
The information resources BCNA produce can help health professionals in their work with women by assisting to explain diagnosis, treatment and the on-going support and resources available. Research shows that well informed patients are less anxious and therefore better able to manage their own health. BCNA's key resources (outlined below) have been endorsed by relevant colleges and societies include the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, providing assurance that the information is accurate and correct.
Through two free key resources: My Journey Kit and Hope & Hurdles pack, women are provided with information in a form that is both accessible and user-friendly.
These resources are also provided free of charge to health professionals to assist with explaining diagnosis, treatment and on-going support.
The Cancer Learning website, developed by Cancer Australia, is an online professional development website designed specifically for health care professionals working in cancer care.
1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre 2009. Breast cancer in Australia: an overview, 2009. Cancer series no. 50. Cat. No. CAN 46. Canberra: AIHW
2 & 3. Projected data based on current trends in breast cancer incidence.