Media releases 19 Jul 2011
Brisbane 'Living well beyond breast cancer' forum
350 women of Brisbane and surrounding areas affected by breast cancer will attend a free Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) forum in Brisbane on Friday.
Designed for women in the Brisbane area affected by breast cancer, the invaluable forum provides participants with the latest information and advice from healthcare experts and local service providers, as well as the opportunity to connect with other women going through a similar experience.
BCNA Founder and CEO Lyn Swinburne, herself a breast cancer survivor, said that merely sharing the breast cancer journey can make a real difference. Speaking about the importance of connection, Ms Swinburne said: “The whole point of BCNA’s work is to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer are provided with the very best information, services and support possible, no matter who they are or where they live.”
Attendees will receive practical information on a range of issues from medical oncologist Dr Nicole McCarthy and author Dr Stephanie Dowrick, as well hearing from Olympian and breast cancer survivor Raelene Boyle, and BCNA CEO and founder Lyn Swinburne.
“This forum is just one of the many ways BCNA supports women and their families who are affected by breast cancer, offering them information on the latest advances in breast cancer treatment and care, and making sure that these women know they are not alone on their breast cancer journey,” Ms Swinburne said.
Raelene Boyle AM, MBE
Australian Olympic legend and breast cancer survivor, Raelene Boyle, will also be presenting at the event, sharing her personal story of overcoming depression as part of her cancer experience. She urges women and their families and friends from who are affected by breast cancer to attend the event, not just to learn about the latest medical advances, but to meet other inspirational women and make life-long friends on their journey.
“More than 14,000 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, and it’s important that we are able to come together and share our experiences so we can offer advice and support to women newly diagnosed with the disease,” said Raelene.
Raelene is particularly happy to be speaking at this event having recently celebrated her 15 year milestone free of breast cancer and her 60th birthday, a day at one point she feared she may not see.
Breast Cancer Network Australia is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer, and consists of a network of more than 57,000 individual members and 294 Member Groups. We work to inform, empower, represent and link together women and families affected by breast cancer. Visit us at www.bcna.org.au to find out more about our programs and services, including the free My Journey Kit for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
To request an interview with a speaker or local breast cancer survivor please call:
Thea Cargill, BCNA Media Officer | T: 03 9805 2592 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org