It's been 20 years since the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation was established to raise awareness of the cancer which kills up to women each year in New Zealand, by making the topic less taboo. Since then the foundation has increased free screening for younger and older women, helped to push survival rates up, and raised millions of dollars for research and support projects. Each year October is awash with pink ribbons as it becomes breast cancer awareness month and a new campaign is launched. This October Kiwi actress Geraldine Brophy will front a bold new education campaign to highlight other symptoms of breast cancer, because women should look for more than a lump. The "Real Signs of Breast Cancer" campaign features a topless Ms Brophy holding life-size photographs of real breast cancers with lesser known symptoms such as "orange-peel skin", dents and dimples, a change in breast shape or size and nipple changes.
Let's stand together against breast cancer this October. Join us for our Pink Ribbon Street Appeal Will you give two hours to collect in your local area? Our appeal helps us make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders touched by breast cancer. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to keep our education, awareness, support and research programs running. If you can't find your place on the map, you can go directly to our online volunteer sign up and search there.
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