As many of you know, BCNA has been supporting Australians affected by breast cancer since 1998.
During this time, we have grown to reflect and meet the needs of the increasing number of people diagnosed each year. This year alone 15,000 women and 125 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, affecting their families and communities too.
We’re excited to announce that BCNA will be hosting a free information forum in Frankston on Wednesday 10 September.
Women from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are invited to attend this event, which is designed specifically for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer up to five years ago.
The forum will highlight the medical, physical and emotional aspects of living well after a breast cancer diagnosis.
This year, BCNA plans to recognise Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day for the first time.
Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day is internationally recognised on 13 October each year. It has previously been acknowledged in the UK, US and Europe, but not Australia.
Sometimes women with secondary breast cancer tell us they feel ‘overlooked’ or ‘invisible’, particularly during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October each year.
Body+Soul, Australia's leading health & wellbeing supplement which runs nationally through News Limited papers every Sunday, is seeking photos of women diagnosed with breast cancer to feature as part of a commemorative cover during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
The lovely Meredith Gaston’s book "101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration" has been shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at the Australian Book Design Awards 2014.
As you may know, Meredith is a wonderful supporter of BCNA with her beautiful illustrations across sleepwear and gifts sold in Sussan stores nationally.
The award is actually based on people’s votes, so we want to show our support of Meredith and this inspirational book and start voting!
BCNA is excited to be heading to Adelaide on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 of August!
We will hold three information forums over the two days, each addressing the needs of different groups e.g. early breast cancer treatment and care, young women living with breast cancer and those living an advanced breast cancer diagnosis.
All forums will highlight the medical, physical and emotional aspects of living after/with a breast cancer diagnosis as well as looking at issues faced by women with breast cancer and strategies to help overcome these.
My name is Steph, I have recently joined BCNA as the Active and Well Programs Officer and I’ve been very busy working on a new initiative.
We’re thrilled to be launching Active and Well After Breast Cancer, an initiative designed to assist women to lead a healthier lifestyle after having breast cancer.
As you may have seen, there has been significant media interest lately in to out-of-pocket expenses incurred via the private health system.
Have you incurred significant out of pocket costs after your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment? Please share your story below.
For those based in the Greater Sydney area, we have been approached by Channel 9 News in Sydney who are looking for a local women with significant out of pocket costs (i.e. tens of thousands of dollars) due to private breast cancer surgery and treatment.
Breast Cancer Network Australia asked Founder Lyn Swinburne to pen her thoughts on the passing of BCNA member Lorraine Elliot.
Lorraine is pictured above helping us to launch the first edition of the My Journey Kit at Federation Square in Melbourne 2004.
'I first met Lorraine back in the late 70s, when she was an occasional visitor to our Friday night drinks and wrap-up group.
Are you planning on taking part in this years Sussan Women's Fun Run?
We are looking for women who are taking part and who would be keen to share their story with us for a short profile series.
We're looking for participants who have a strong personal connection to breast cancer. Perhaps you have been diagnosed or are running in support or memory of a loved one affected by breast cancer.