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“Thanks to research, my sister Michelle will never have to go through what I did”

- Deborah, diagnosed 2011

1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and unfortunately, incidence is rapidly increasing. In the last 10 years alone, rates of breast cancer diagnoses in Australia have increased by 38%.

Michelle and Deborah

For those who carry the mutated BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes, the fear of a breast cancer diagnosis is a daily reality.

Deborah was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and also tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation.

Deborah said, “When the results came back positive, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Your world is thrown upside down, you can’t comprehend it.”

For Deborah, surviving breast cancer was only half the story. Her sister Michelle also tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation.

“It was sad when Michelle’s results came back positive, but we were also glad to know. Now, she had a chance to prevent breast cancer from ever occurring. She’d never have to go through what I did.”

“Michelle decided to minimise her risk of cancer… this meant removing her breasts, and later her ovaries. Even though she was completely healthy she had to agree to go through a life-changing procedure.”

“I can’t help but wonder how different it all could have been. If it wasn’t for the research that led to the discovery of the faulty BRCA gene, Michelle wouldn’t have even known she was at risk...”

Knowledge is power. With it, we can beat breast cancer.

NBCF-funded researcher, Professor Lindeman is searching for a better way to prevent breast cancer in high-risk individuals. “We have discovered the cell type that gives rise to breast cancer in BRCA 1 mutation carriers and have found a way of switching them off before they become cancerous.”

Could provide much needed samples of cancerous and normal breast tissue to search for genetic markers of aggressive types of breast cancer like triple negative breast cancer.
Could provide the laboratory chemicals needed to identify new cancer gene mutations which can help improve the early detection of breast cancer.
Could contribute to the purchase of a drug to carry out tests in the laboratory and evaluate its potential to prevent breast cancer from spreading to other organs in the body.

Over 3,000 Australians will lose their life this year. Professor Lindeman believes “The best way to have zero deaths from breast cancer is to stop cancers from happening in the first place.”

Your generous support today will help fund research like Professor Lindeman’s and ultimately, stop deaths from breast cancer.

One is eight is one too many. You can help change the stats by donating today.

Let’s end this together.

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