Holidays, chocolate cake, hugs, friends and family – we all have something that makes us happy! Today is International Day of Happiness and we want to know what makes you smile?
Thanks to everyone who attended the #BCNAsummit2017 over the past few days! It was a pleasure getting to know you all & building skills, connections and our network to support all Australian women and men affected by breast cancer. This is just a sneak peek – there will be more photos and videos to follow!
Last night Channel 9 ran a story about For Benefit Medicines - the Australian not-for-profit drug company that donates 100% of profits back to breast cancer research & support. Watch the story here

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VIDEO: Australian pharmaceutical company set to pour all profits into research and support services

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This International Women's Day we are launching a petition to make an important new breast cancer drug available to Australian women living with metastatic breast cancer. Although available in 52 other countries, palbociclib is not yet approved for sale in Australia and is not on the PBS. We are asking you to #BeBoldForChange this #IWD2017 and sign our petition to stop Australian women missing...
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We are making our way around the country to hear from our network of women & men affected by breast cancer so we can better understand the gaps and issues people are facing. Brisbane – this is your chance to make your voice count! Join us at All Saints Conference Centre on Tuesday 14 March from 3-5pm. Register at [ Bcna.org.au Link ] We hope to see you there!
As part of BCNA’s New Zealand South Island Adventure you will trek through the spectacular Fiordland National Park, experience the tranquillity of Milford Sound & witness the thundering waterfalls emerge from the rugged cliffs… while dolphins and seals play before your eyes! The trip is from 23 February – 4 March 2018 & is all in support of Australians affected by breast cancer. Find out more...
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The BCNA Helpline is here to support anyone affected by breast cancer. Whether you have just been diagnosed or you’re calling because a loved one has been diagnosed, we are here to point you in the direction of information, resources and support. From Thursday 2 March BCNA’s Helpline will stay open until 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday. So if you’re at work or busy with children during the day,...
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Consumers Health Forum of Australia has developed a new tool to help people think about their private health insurance and whether it’s the right one for their needs. The ‘Healthy Cover Checklist and Survey’ is quick to complete & provides you with valuable information about how your policy is working for you. Find the tool at [ Chf.org.au Link ]

Your Healthy Cover Checklist and Survey

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Today we launched a series of videos of women from different cultural backgrounds sharing their breast cancer experience. The stories are told in Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Arabic & aim to encourage other women with breast cancer to open up about their diagnosis and seek support. BCNA embarked on this project after women from these backgrounds told us they felt...
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Tonight Cancer Council Victoria & the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer are hosting a webinar to help people affected by cancer understand how Victoria's new advance care planning and medical treatment decision making laws may impact them. To register visit [ Cancervic.org.au Link ] (There is also a webinar for health professionals on Tuesday 28 February – register using the same link)
Today is Random Act of Kindness Day and we are celebrating all the little things people do for each other that make a BIG difference! What act of kindness will always stand out in your mind?
It’s not too late to buy tickets to the Bursaria Pink Lady Lounge at the Polo on Saturday 25 February! Tickets are $105 and include music & entertainment, canapés & sweets, free parking and a very special gift bag! Plus $10 will be directly donated to BCNA! For more information and to purchase tickets go to bit.ly/BCNApolo2017

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We know that many women experience sexual wellbeing problems after breast cancer, stemming from a range of factors such as physical changes after treatment, loss of confidence and loss of interest in sex. This can put a strain on existing relationships and create additional challenges for women wanting to begin new relationships. Sexual wellbeing is just one of many topics discussed openly in...
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New statistics project that this year 48 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day in Australia. That’s 5 more women every day than last year. We know that breast cancer doesn’t just affect the individual – it has a ripple effect on families, friends and colleagues. These new statistics mean the need for support and credible, evidence-based information is more important than ever....
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There are only 5 more places left on BCNA’s Tassie Trek! On this seven-day adventure, you will experience everything Tassie’s east coast has to offer – pristine coastlines, captivating wildlife and delicious, world-renowned cheese & wine. Witness the striking colours of the Bay of Fires and the white sands of Wineglass Bay, and discover Australia’s convict past at Port Arthur. You will cruise...
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Thank you to everyone who has completed this survey so far! Just a reminder for those who haven’t had the chance to complete it, you still have until this SUNDAY! So if you live in a rural or remote area, we need your help! The online survey aims to find out if people with breast cancer living in rural & remote areas make different treatment decisions from those living in metro areas, and if...
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Treatment Decisions of Women Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Survey

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This is Colette Haymes – mother of two, loving wife, and as of this Sunday… BRAVE SKYDIVER! This weekend Colette is jumping out of a plane in Barwon Heads to raise money for BCNA to support all Australians affected by breast cancer. It’s her way of saying thank you for the support she received from BCNA when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Show your support to our BRAVE skydivers...
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We’re calling on all Australians who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to share their voice in our national Member Survey. The survey is open to ANYONE who has had breast cancer! Your experiences will help us to understand your needs so we can continue to influence & improve the health care system on your behalf. By taking part in the survey you will also go into the running to win one of...
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Together with Palliative Care Australia BCNA is proud to launch the online Palliative Care Toolkit for people living with metastatic breast cancer on World Cancer Day. There are approx. 9,000 Australian women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. Despite the shock that comes with being diagnosed with an incurable form of breast cancer, and the complexities people face in coping with...
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