Thursday, 29 August 2013

BreastScreen NSW Hunter New England and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are delighted to announce they are working together to help find more answers to breast cancer. With 1 in 8 Australian women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, the need to find more answers to combat this disease has never been more important or more urgent.

To kick-start the partnership, all BreastScreen NSW clients in the Hunter New England region who have had a mammogram in the past two years have been invited to join the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s online community for breast cancer research called Register4 www.register4.org.au.

Register4 is open to women or men over the age of 18 - you don’t have to have had breast cancer to participate.  It is free and totally confidential.  Since Register4 was launched in October 2010, nearly 32,000 people have signed up to support breast cancer research including over 90 women from the Hunter New England region.

An initiative of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Register4 assists researchers spend less time and money on recruiting volunteers, and more time conducting their research.  It can sometimes take researchers years to find the right people for their projects.  Register4 helps fast track this.  Members are emailed about approved research projects and invited to take part.  It’s an opportunity to take an active role in research and a member can choose to be involved as much or as little as they wish.  To date, 15 research projects have been offered to members covering a range of areas including:  post cancer fatigue, cancer and fertility and identifying those at increased risk of breast cancer. 

“We know that for women over 50, having a regular mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer early.  As these women are already proactive about their health, we think they will be interested to know about additional opportunities that can make a difference to breast cancer research”, CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Carole Renouf said. 

Once a project is complete, the findings are shared with Register4 members, so they know they are making a difference within the breast cancer research community.  Currently, there are a number of research projects looking for participants.  Help us to make a difference by helping breast cancer researchers fast-track a cure for cancer.  Register now to participate in Australia’s first online community, or for more information, visit www.register4.org.au.

Women are encouraged not to forget their free screening mammogram every two years. To make your appointment at BreastScreen, please telephone 13 20 50.

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer. Since NBCF was established in 1994, over $97 million has been awarded to fund over 340 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer. For more information, visit www.nbcf.org.au.

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Kym Robins
National Breast Cancer Foundation
02 8098 4863 / 0481 268 776
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