State of the Nation report
For the past 20 years, BCNA has worked tirelessly to make sure that no one needs to go through a breast cancer journey alone. Twenty years is cause for celebration, and we have much to celebrate at BCNA. However, despite all our successes, there are still unacceptable gaps in treatment and care.
The State of the Nation report was borne out of a desire to map where progress has been made, what the emerging issues are and where more work needs to be focused.
In what is the biggest study of its kind, the State of the Nation report is informed by a survey of over 10,300 of our members and our Financial Impact of Breast Cancer survey that explored the out-of-pocket costs of 2,000 people. Over the past 18 months, we have also met with more than 3,500 women and men to hear about the issues Australians diagnosed with breast cancer are facing. Their stories and experiences are reflected in this report.
The report highlights what it means to receive the best possible care. But not everyone gets best possible care, and a concerning disparity of care exists across the country. From women who have been waiting more than five years for a breast reconstruction, people who are suffering from lymphoedema to those who have never seen a breast care nurse, or people who have not had access to counsellors to deal with the emotional impact of their disease. Too many people are also paying high out-of-pocket costs for their treatment in the private health care system.
While there have been significant advancements in breast cancer detection and treatment, it has become clear through the State of the Nation report that there is still much to be done. The report makes recommendations to make sure that no-one falls through the cracks in the system when they hear the words ‘you have breast cancer’.
Read case studies from our State of the Nation report below: