Let's talk about breast cancer.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year we're encouraging organisations to go Pink For a Day to raise vital funds for breast cancer education, research and patient support - and at the same time use this as an opportunity for employees to learn more about reducing breast cancer risk and feel more confident talking about breast cancer.
Every day, nine women in New Zealand are diagnosed with breast cancer, so it's likely that someone in your workplace will be diagnosed, has had breast cancer in the past or is supporting someone with breast cancer. The right support can make a difference and there are a number of ways you can help. By taking part in Pink For a Day, you'll be raising vital funds and making sure your team have access to important breast health information.
We've put together a bunch of resources to make holding your own Pink For a Day as easy as possible, so you'll be ready to go however you are your team are working (online, at home or both) including -
- A Pink For a Day pack for the first 500 organisations that sign up (this includes posters, pink ribbons, a donation box, pink bunting and breast health stickers to put up in the office) to help make fundraising a breeze.
- Access to our Breast Health Sessions - you and your team will be able to register for a virtual education session with our Nurse Educators. We'll let everyone know how they're helping, cover breast health and education information and answer any questions you have.
- Resources including assets to share on social media and in newsletters to let your clients and customers know why you're supporting Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.
- Information for employers about supporting employees affected by breast cancer.
- Information about supporting a workmate affected by breast cancer.
*The number of working days has been put together using data from Te Rēhita Mate Ūtaetae – The Breast Cancer Foundation National Register. While many patients continue to work at a high level while undergoing treatment, all working days are counted as impacted as patients are dealing with the additional stress and other symptoms from their diagnosis and treatment. This is not a count of sick days.
Please note that “working days” are based on the average number of business days from the date of diagnosis to the date of last treatment for patients with invasive and pre-invasive breast cancer. This has been applied to the number of patients diagnosed in 2020. The number of working days impacted excludes ongoing Endocrine and Herceptin treatment, and follow-up appointments.