Since NBCF’s inception in 1994, NBCF has invested $181 million into 557 world-class research projects. During this time, the five-year survival rates for breast cancer has increased from 76% to 91%. This is progress to be proud of but the job is not done.
Breast cancer is still the most diagnosed cancer in Australia and incidence rates are on the rise.
Almost 20,000 Australians will be diagnosed this year and 8 women will still lose their life to breast cancer each day.
But stats show that 1 in 4 diagnoses are potentially preventable. You can reduce your risk of breast cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, such as being active and eating well. But it is important to remember there is no single cause of breast cancer. That is why we still need to raise vital funds for research that will greater our understanding of the risk factors that may contribute to breast cancer development and recurrence.
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STOP DEATHS FROM BREAST CANCER
As a 100% community funded organisation, we rely entirely on the generosity of our community and individuals like you who believe in the power of research. By registering for Step Up to Breast Cancer you can take a stand against breast cancer and help us change these stats by raising much needed funds for vital breast cancer research.
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PROFESSOR KELLY-ANNE PHILLIPS
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC
iPreventNEXT - RISK ESTIMATION AND DECISION SUPPORT TOOL
Some women who have breast cancer consider undergoing a double mastectomy to remove all breast tissue. This decision is a complex one and it is important that women make it using information that is personalised to their situation. A new online tool under development by Professor Kelly-Anne Philips will use the latest knowledge about breast cancer risk and decision-makeing to help women make this challenging decision.
iPreventNEXT will be a state-of-the-art risk estimation and decision support tool for women with breast cancer. It will estimate a womans personal risk of developing a second breast cancer and help her make fully informed decisions about weather she wishes to undergo bilateral mastectomy.
DR TU NGUYEN-DUMONT
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.
When running genetic tests, the doctor is primarily looking to see if these women have mutations in the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes – genes that have been specifically linked to breast cancer risk. However, most of these women do not have mutations in either of these genes. Mutations in other genes having been recognised as playing a role, especially in cases where breast cancer is diagnosed at an early age.
NBCF is funding a research project aimed at better understanding the genes used in genetic tests to maximise the tests potential and ensure better outcomes for women so they can receive appropriate clinical management for themselves and their family.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research. Our mission is simple: stop deaths from breast cancer. How? By identifying, funding and championing world-class research – research that will help us detect tumours earlier, improve treatment outcomes, and ultimately – save lives.
More than ever, NBCF is focussing keenly on how we can do more with less in order to achieve great outcomes that will impact the longevity and quality of life for patients with breast cancer.
For us, this means identifying new and effective models of funding and ensuring that we don’t stand alone but work collaboratively and creatively to achieve our mission of Zero Deaths from breast cancer by 2030.