Cake and cuppa
From the age of 20, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation recommends women become aware of how their breasts look and feel.
Breast changes to see your family doctor about are:
A new lump or thickening, especially if it is only in one breast
A breast pain that is unusual
A change in breast shape or size
A change in the skin of the breast such as:
Puckering or dimpling
Reddening or a rash
Any change in a nipple, such as:
A turned-in nipple
A discharge that occurs without squeezing
Crusting, ulcer or redness
Jasmin hoping to raise over
$2000 for cancer research
It's not about the publicity for me. It's about the cause. Jasmin Price
Nelson occupational therapist Jasmin Price knows she is one of the lucky ones.
The 29-year-old found a lump in her breast, but it was diagnosed as benign. "It was nothing sinister."
At the same time a very close family friend was diagnosed with grade four breast cancer. Her friend is waiting for a mastectomy and to start radiation treatment.
Jasmin wanted to do something to raise awareness of breast cancer and to support her family friend. She is one of hundreds of woman across New Zealand who has organised a Pink Ribbon breakfast in May to raise money for breast cancer research. She is holding a morning tea at her work on May 28 and has been blown away by the support she has had. Last week she had raised more than $1600 and hopes to raise over $2000 for the cause.
"Every cent helps our cause."
Her fundraising has gone so well, she was close to being in the top 10 leader board for Pink Ribbon breakfasts around the country.
"It's not about the publicity for me. It's about the cause."
Jasmine has been touched that friends have donated so generously and says her male friends have also been keen to get behind her fundraising. They are aware that their sister, friend, mother or aunty could get breast cancer.
Her family friend whom she was inspired to organise the breakfast has also looked at Price's fundraising page and said it brought her to tears.
Jasmin says research shows seven women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation wants to fund more research in New Zealand. It wants Kiwi women to have access to leading-edge research, and to investigate new treatment options for women with advanced breast cancer and families. To support her cause, see pinkribbonbreakfast.co.nz.
Survivorship Day Almost 100 delegates attended The Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust's inaugural "Survivorship Day" last Friday.
The conference was specially developed for breast cancer patients and their carers and focused on moving forward with life beyond treatment for breast cancer.
The day aimed to help participants understand the facilities available in the region in terms of follow-up medical care and support services. Topics covered included dealing with the physical and emotional effects of treatment, the importance of exercise and nutrition and lingerie options post surgery. Attendees were given a Survivor's Passport with useful tips for managing health and recovery, written by guest speaker, Andrea Fairbairn; herself a survivor, and founder of "Breast Cancer Nirvana" - breastcancernirvana.co.nz. The Survivor's Passport is available at nrbct.co.nz.
The NRBCT hope to run their Survivorship Days bi-annually, and have several fundraising events coming up later in the year, including the annual Bootcamp for Breast Cancer in November. See the trust's website for more information.
- The Nelson Mail