I am so thrilled to announce that our signature BCNA event the Field of Women is on in Melbourne on Saturday 10 May 2014!
It will be held before the evening match between Melbourne vs Western Bulldogs at the MCG.
Many of you will have stood on a Field of Women in 2005, 2007 or 2010 and know what an unforgettable experience it is.
You may have seen or heard reports about new Canadian research that found that screening mammograms do not reduce the rate of death from breast cancer.
BCNA is concerned that this may lead some women to decide not to have their regular screening mammograms.
Other research, including an evaluation of the Australian BreastScreen program, has found that screening mammograms do save lives.
You can read BCNA's response to the Canadian research on our website.
I thought I would let you know that BCNA has developed a new fact sheet: Bone health and breast cancer.
The fact sheet explains the impact that breast cancer treatments can have on bone health. It also provides some tips to help you maintain or improve your bone health during and after your treatment.
You can download a copy from the fact sheet page of our website, or phone us on 1800 500 258 and we’ll post you a copy.
I'm sure that I'm not alone in finding that Christmas approaches with increasing speed each year. It sure does provide an opportunity for reflection on the past year and to start thinking about the next. But first there is Christmas get togethers and family catch ups.
For many it's a really busy and fun time but for others it may be a painful reminder of those who are missing from the Christmas table or experiencing a separation from those close to them.
For those who missed it - Ten Eyewitness News in Sydney ran a story last night about women discovering the power of online support following a diagnosis of breast cancer.
The news story featured our very own BCNA online network member Louise Turner and BCNA Board member Megan Hutchins.
You can view the video here:
When Yvonne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 there was one thing she really wanted: information. Information on how to deal with the practicalities of being diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.
Unable to find an easy-to-read, jargon free book, Yvonne used her recovery time to write one - One piece of advice, Words to guide you through early breast cancer.
Throughout December, Yvonne is offering BCNA members 20% off each book and will also donate $1 from every book sold to BCNA.
I just wanted to thank all those who helped make the 2013 Sussan Women’s Fun Run in Melbourne yesterday such an amazing success! We had a record number of women taking part, along with a record fundraising tally.
The 28th annual Sussan Women’s Fun Run held in Cantani Gardens, St Kilda saw 6,500 women take part across either the 5km, 10km or the new Half Marathon distances.
It was such a special day for mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers and groups of friends celebrating their health and fitness wearing their splash of pink and getting behind BCNA.
On Thursday 5 December, Channel 9’s A Current Affair ran a story about Oncotype DX, a gene expression profiling test suitable for some women with breast cancer.
BCNA member Julie Barnes shared her experience of undergoing the Oncotype DX test, which delivered life-changing news for her and her family that chemotherapy was unlikely to provide her with any additional benefit. This information helped Julie in her decision not to have chemotherapy treatment.
A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to represent BCNA members at the European Society of Oncology Conference on Advanced Breast Cancer in Lisbon.
This conference meets every two years to set international guidelines regarding the treatment of advanced secondary breast cancer, (known in Australia as secondary breast cancer).
We have all reached a significant milestone. Since it started in 2010, our online network has grown to reach more than 10,000 members – all connecting, sharing experiences and supporting each other without the constraint of time or distance.