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BCNA - Breast Cancer Network Australia

About Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA)

  • Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is the peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by breast cancer 
  • BCNA consists of a network of more than 95,000 individual members and 310 Member Groups
  • BCNA supports, informs, represents and connects Australians affected by breast cancer
  • BCNA is represented by the Pink Lady silhouette, symbolic of its focus on the woman diagnosed with breast cancer and all those around her
  • BCNA works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs
  • More than 90 per cent of BCNA members have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and the remaining members have had a personal experience with breast cancer through a family member or friend
  • Visit www.bcna.org.au to find out more about BCNA programs and services, including the free My Journey Kit for Australians newly diagnosed with breast cancer

General Breast Cancer Statistics:

  • Every day 42 women will be told “you have breast cancer” and 7 will lose their lives to this disease
  • More than 15,200 women and around 120 men are expected be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014
  • Each year, more than 2,700 Australian women die from breast cancer
  • One in 8 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women
  • The average age of breast cancer diagnosis in Australia is 60 
  • Survival rates continue to improve with the 5-year survival rate 89%, up from 72% in the 1980s

Key Messages (specific to Ritchies/BCNA partnership)

  • Since 2004, Ritchies has proudly supported BCNA
  • Over the 10 year partnership, Ritchies, through their Community Benefit Card program, has donated more than $142,000 to BCNA
  • This has helped BCNA support more than 2800 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer by providing them with a free My Journey Kit  
  • My Journey Kit is a free, comprehensive information resource specifically designed for Australians who have been newly diagnosed with early breast cancer. It provides information in a way that is easy to understand, can help treatment decisions and help work through the shock of diagnosis
  • 'The My Journey Kit made me feel like I was not alone and gave me strength throughout my breast cancer journey - it's a must have for women diagnosed with early breast cancer.' –Michelle, Breast Cancer Survivor
  • To help BCNA continue its vital work, Ritchies encourages customers to use their Community Benefit Card to support BCNA