October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is celebrating the 25 year anniversary of multiple research and fundraising milestones that have helped to save lives from breast cancer.Β Since inception, NBCF has raised $162 million towards 514 life changing research projects in Australia. These have helped to improve treatment options, detection methods and enhance the quality of life of those affected by breast cancer.

Research projects have been entirely funded by the Australian public, donations, sponsorship and corporate partnerships through events. Throughout its 25 year history, 1361 researchers from 110 universities and institutions have completed the equivalent of 1230 years of breast cancer research with the support of NBCF. This works has led to the development of new drugs, treatments and screening methods to improve the quality of life for those affected by breast cancer and save lives. This has been facilitated with more than 2 million fundraisers for research.

The NBCF receive no government funding and relies on community support. This is the only way that the NBCF will achieve its goal of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030. Great improvements have been made in survival rates for breast cancer in Australia, yet breast cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women in Australia. An average of 50 women per day will be diagnosed with the disease each day. NBCF is committed to funding innovative research that will drive these figures down. The organisation is urging the community to support its efforts by donating today.

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