BRCA breakfast

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

This year I am hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast event because I want to make a real difference to Australians affected by breast cancer. 

As you may know, I am currently completing my Masters degree to become a genetic counsellor - a profession that combines educating and informing individuals and their families about risks of genetic disease to help with their decision-making. Navigating disease and healthcare can be pretty scary, especially when the information is not accessible. My aim for this event is for my friends to be 'breast aware', and leave confident that they understand what to look for, and what we should be doing to keep on top of our cancer risk.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.

I really believe research is the best way to prevent deaths, and improve how breast cancer is diagnosed, managed and treated. NBCF is working towards one goal: zero deaths from breast cancer. Together we can help them get there.

Thank you so much for your support!

My Pink Ribbon Breakfast starts in :

Event Information:

Saturday 22 Oct 2022

My Updates

Breast self-examination guide 2: Breast Cancer Ireland

Saturday 22nd Oct

Breast self-examination guide 1: How to examine your breasts by Dr Liz O'Riordan

Saturday 22nd Oct

BRCA Breakfast

Saturday 22nd Oct
This morning myself and some of my lovely friends had a pink-themed breakfast to celebrate breast cancer awareness month. Over the past few weeks I have been updating them with educational posts relating to cancer, incidence, risk, links to genetics, screening options and busting myths, with the overall aim to empower them to make confident and informed decisions regarding their health.

Myth #4

Friday 21st Oct
https://www.fpnsw.org.au/sites/default/files/assets/COMBINED%20PILL%20AND%20CANCER.pdf

Myth #3

Friday 21st Oct

Myth #2

Friday 21st Oct

Myth #1

Friday 21st Oct

How is cancer linked with genetics?

Thursday 20th Oct
All cancer occurs due to changes in our genetic material, which is called DNA (deoxyribose nucleic acid). However, contrary to popular belief these changes are mostly acquired due to environmental factors (e.g. tobacco, drugs, radiation, infection, diet). Only 5-10% of cancers are hereditary, meaning the changes have been passed down through our germline cells (egg and sperm) at conception, from our mother (maternal) or father’s (paternal) DNA. Most hereditary mutations fit into one of three categories (below). Mistakes in these genes do not necessarily mean you will get cancer, rather it increases your risk.

What is my individual risk of breast cancer?

Thursday 20th Oct
You can calculate your individual risk of breast cancer using iPrevent. This tool is used in clinic and uses a combination of demographic (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity), lifestyle factors (e.g. exercise, alcohol intake) and family cancer history to place an individual into a risk category.
For example, the risk for an average woman at the age of 23 is 0.1%. This means 1 in 1000 women will develop breast cancer in the next ten years (see figure below). Factors including maintaining a healthy weight, increasing daily exercise, decreasing smoking and alcohol consumption, pregnancy and breast feeding are lifestyle measures that can lower individual risk.

What is cancer?

Thursday 20th Oct

What are some of the breast cancer screening options in Australia?

Thursday 20th Oct

Thank you to my Sponsors

$100

P & S

$75

Lily & Minoli

So happy to provide our support to this very important cause Rach. Breast cancer is something that our family has had experience with. Fortunately, with readily available information and access to various treatment options - all based on expert medical research - we had good outcomes. Thank you for supporting this critical work.

$52.75

Georgia Gardner

$50

Ben Xifaras

❤️

$50

Hannah Xifaras

Proud of you Rach 💞

$50

Anonymous

$31.65

Sas Heath

Proud!!

$30

Isabel Bremner

$26.38

Alice Noonan

$21.10

Sophie Stewart

lovely idea rach!!

$21.10

Lucy

Go Rach !!!

$20

Thomas Dunbabin

$20

Penny Stock

$20

Ellie Hundleby

$15.83

Sophie Tsakonas

Love this rach! Xx

$10.55

Fenella Nicol

Woooo thanks Rach