This year has well and truly begun, and here at BCNA we’re preparing for a number of exciting events that will be happening over the next few months – one of which is our annual Pink Sports Day!
2014 marks the sixth Pink Sports Day event, which last year saw a whopping $435,000 raised by over 900 participating clubs.
The autumn edition of The Beacon and The Inside Story are now available to read online or download.
This edition focuses on practical matters such as returning to work, accessing superannuation and income protection insurance.
As always, we would love you to share your experience, tips and advice by commenting on this blog post.
The latest in BCNA’s series of short videos has been completed and focuses on family perspective and breast cancer.
In this video, Australian families share their experience following a diagnosis of a loved one.
Video 9: Family perspective and breast cancer
BCNA is thrilled to be a registered charity in the 2014 Dick Smith $1 million charity giveaway.
This year Dick Smith will share $1 million between 74 different charities and if we receive enough votes, we could receive up to $50,000.
How you can help? To give us a chance of winning $50,000, simply submit a photo of yourself with a Dick Smith Foods product and nominate BCNA as your selected charity. All you need is access to email or text messaging.
Although the majority of Australians diagnosed with breast cancer are women, many people are surprised to learn that men can develop breast cancer too. Breast cancer in men is rare, accounting for less than 1% of all cancers in men, and less than 1% of all breast cancers.
To help improve support and information for men with breast cancer, BCNA has produced Men get breast cancer too, a free information booklet.
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: