Shocking new data has revealed breast cancer could claim thousands more lives over the next decade, if adequate research isn’t done.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) released the data to coincide with the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It shows another 30,000 lives could be lost to breast cancer over the next decade, without adequate research investment.
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The data also revealed the following data:
- A woman’s risk of breast cancer is now 1 in 7, up from 1 in 8 in the last year alone.
- 8 women would continue to die every day which is the 2nd highest cancer killer in Australian
- Over 76,000 Australians would also lose a direct family member – a mother, sister, or daughter
- Australia would stand to lose over $1.868 billion in wages just through lives lost to breast
cancer, this year alone.
The NBCF has funded vital life-saving research into breast cancer since 1994, with data now showing that funds have saved over 44,000 lives in this time.
Funding has helped find new risk factors, improve early detection and create more effective, less harsh treatment options.
Professor Sarah Hosking, CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, believes no-one should have to die from breast cancer, and that continued investment to life-saving research is the only way to change these statistics.
“This year alone nearly 20,000 Australians, both men and women, will come face to face with the disease and unfortunately more than 3,000 will lose their life.
“This doesn’t have to be the case though; the National Breast Cancer Foundation has launched an ambitious target of zero deaths by 2030 but it is up to everyday Australians to help us achieve it.
“Our target is possible but only if we continue to receive direct investment for the world-class research we fund.
“We are at a critical juncture whereby a future where no Australian has to lose a parent, partner, sibling or child to this devastating disease is in sight.
“By investing in NBCF’s vision of zero deaths from breast cancer, they can support our game-changing research projects and help us achieve the target,” Ms Hosking said.