Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. It has a devastating impact on those diagnosed and the people around them.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is held annually in October. It aims to raise awareness and generate support for breast cancer by raising much needed funds to improve it’s diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
This month also serves as a reminder to women to put their health first and get regular check ups for breast cancer.
There are a number of ways you can get involved and support breast cancer awareness month. Some ideas include;
“Research and more research is the key to defeating cancer,” says Chief Executive, Mr David Brettell.
“Since ACRF was established in 1984 we have given 16 multi-million dollar grants to research that is investigating preventative, diagnostic and/or treatment methods for breast cancer.”
“The research projects and grants that ACRF has awarded to breast cancer research are already making significant breakthroughs into defeating this terrible disease.”
An example of our contributions to breast cancer research is our grant to the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne which discovered a new anti-cancer agent that targets and neutralises Bcl-2 “pro-survival” proteins, which are found at high levels in up to 70% of breast cancers.
Another major breakthrough achieved by ACRF funding into breast cancer was a major study conducted by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute which led to a team of researchers at this Institute discovering at least 12 new genes that influence the risk of developing breast cancer.
Meanwhile, in Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney has found a way to “silence” a molecule which transmits biochemical signals between breast cancer cells and healthy cells, encouraging breast cancer cells to spread.
Every new discovery brings us closer to defeating cancer.
Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a meaningful way and make a donation to ACRF. We believe that surviving cancer shouldn’t be up to chance. When you make a donation to ACRF, you will help to outsmart cancer for good.