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Who we are

In between when you woke up this morning and when you go to sleep tonight, 55 Australians will be told they have breast cancer. The same will happen tomorrow, and the next day too, making breast cancer the most common cancer affecting Australian women.

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation. For the past 22 years, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that all Australians who are affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support. 

We always have been, and always will be, committed to this legacy, and are excited by the opportunities that digital innovation, emerging medical research, and leading practice offer to deliver better information and support, connection and voice for people affected by breast cancer.

BCNA was born out of a small group of determined women who wanted to make the breast cancer journey better. When Lyn Swinburne founded BCNA her vision was for no one to feel alone through their experience of breast cancer. In 2020, that vision still remains our priority.

We have built a strong and resilient network that brings together over 120,000 individuals and more than 250 member groups. We reach over 70 per cent of Australians newly diagnosed with breast cancer as we advocate for, connect, inform and support them on a journey that nobody wants to take.

At the heart of our network are those at risk, those diagnosed and their supporters. We must focus on the personal impact, use our voices, do what we can as an organisation to fill gaps, and press others in power to do the same.

BCNA’s next five years will be ones of relentless commitment to our legacy, bold innovation, and fearless pursuit of a stronger healthcare system that delivers the very best care, treatment and support for all Australians affected by breast cancer. 

We will make sure that nobody goes through breast cancer alone.

Represented by the Pink Lady silhouette – symbolic of BCNA’s focus on the people affected by breast cancer and all those around them, not the disease.