“1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Treatments are often disfiguring, harsh and cruel. Having been through it myself, I’m going pink in the hope that my girlfriends and grand-daughters never have to go on this journey.”
- Josie, going pink for friends & family
Last year, breast cancer became the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia.
Its incidence is increasing – meaning far too many people will be impacted, far too often.
This year, 50 a day will be diagnosed. Over 3,000 will lose their life.
By raising funds and going pink with us this June, you’ll be taking a stand against breast cancer - and helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation fund world-class research that will detect tumours earlier, improve outcomes and ultimately - save lives.
YOU’LL be helping save lives.
WHY RESEARCH MATTERS TO PETER
"I'm going pink so she doesn't have to live in a world where people die from breast cancer."
- Peter, going pink for his grand-daughter Ellie
WHY RESEARCH MATTERS TO LUKE
“The answer to deaths is research and without funding it can’t be done. It’s all about being proud to wear pink and pledging your support to find a solution.”
- Luke, going pink for his mum Anne
IMPACT OF YOUR FUNDRAISING
Can help researchers identify other DNA defects that may contribute to the development of breast cancer.
Can contribute to helping researchers identify new non-genetic risk factors for breast cancer.
Can contribute to helping researchers investigate how changes in the breast’s immune system can increase the risk of breast cancer (which could lead to the development of a breast cancer vaccine)
Can contribute to helping researchers develop training tools for radiologists to improve the accuracy of breast cancer screenings
Can contribute to helping researchers to analyse genetic data so they can pinpoint the genes that lead to the most common types of breast cancer
WHO YOU’RE HELPING FUND
NBCF has a number of ground-breaking research projects focusing on the prevention and early diagnosis of breast cancer. Here are just a few...
Professor Patrick Brennan
University of Sydney, NSW
IMPROVING SCREENING PRACTICES
Regular mammograms are very effective in the early detection of breast cancer. However it is estimated that 5 - 50% of cancers are currently missed during screenings.
Professor Brennan’s research aims to develop technologies and techniques that enhance the detection of breast cancer indicators, while minimising risk to the patient and reducing the number of cancers that are missed.
His BREAST project is specifically exploring the development of novel technologies such as phase contrast imaging and also deep learning approaches to assist with the detection process.
The project also aims to understand better and optimize radiologists’ interactions with breast images.
Dr Tu Nguyen-Dunmont
Monash University, VIC
UNDERSTANDING GENETIC LINKS
Genetic testing is the most effective way for women and their families to confirm if they have an inherited predisposition to breast cancer.
While new technology enables doctors to screen multiple genes for mutations at once, we have limited understanding of the variation observed in the genes included in these tests.
This is very frustrating for women with a family history of breast cancer who are left with no explanation for their risk and aren’t able to receive appropriate clinical management for themselves and their family.
By studying genetic data from more than 10,000 Australian women affected by breast cancer, Dr Nguyen-Dumont's research aims to better understand the genes currently used in genetic tests and identify new genes to be added – improving the outcomes for those at risk.
Professor John Hopper
University of Melbourne
MEASURING BREAST CANCER RISK
While mammographic screenings aim to detect breast tumours, they also have the potential to detect breast cancer risk by accurately measuring breast tissue density. We’ve known for some time that higher breast tissue density means a higher risk of breast cancer.
In this project, Professor Hopper aims to combine new measure of breast tissue density together with lifestyle, medication, genetic factors and family history to produce a simple “risk prediction score” for screening women.
If individuals with the highest risk of breast cancer can be identified, they will have greater preventative options and improved long-term outcomes.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the only national body that funds life-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.
Our research has helped develop better therapies, greater understanding of possible ways to stop the spread of breast cancer to other areas, and improved quality of life for patients and their families. Research is the only way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated.
By funding only world-class research, National Breast Cancer Foundation is working towards a goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.