Breast Cancer: Not Just an Older Woman’s Disease

Posted on: September 12th, 2014

“Almost 800 young Australian women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year”

Stellar has had a very busy, but very rewarding week. Through our work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) we launched two very powerful and important initiatives.

We publicised the findings of Australia’s first ever report into young women and breast cancer. The report, Breast Cancer in Your 20’s and 30’s: Not Just an Older Woman’s Disease paints a very sobering reality for those diagnosed.

The Young Women’s Report was launched on Wednesday morning with a press conference and panel discussion with Sarah Murdoch (NBCF Patron), Carole Renouf (NBCF CEO) and a panel of young women who have battled and are surviving breast cancer that included Sally Obermeder and Sali Stevanja from Style Runner.

We also launched The SCAR Project, an incredibly powerful exhibition featuring photographs of young women battling breast cancer last night to 200 VIP guests and media at ‘On Seven’ at David Jones Elizabeth Street. A big thanks to photographer David Jay, Kellie Hush & Harper’s BAZAAR, Erica Packer and David Jones for their support.

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(Kellie Hush, David Jay, Carole Renouf and Victoria Doidge)

We would encourage any woman and particularly those under 40 to check out the website we have helped NBCF launch (where the report is fully downloadable http://800youngwomen.org.au/). And for those in Sydney, please try to visit The SCAR Project. It’s on until September 21st.

Finally, NBCF is hosting two inspiring panel discussions which explore contemporary, thought provoking themes that challenge our views of reality and perceptions of ourselves. Visit www.nbcf.org.au/theSCARproject for more information.

Lead by Lauren, the team here secured nationally syndicated broadcast news coverage on the launch of the report and print coverage in all the major metro newspapers this week, with more to come. We’ve also included some links to the incredible TV coverage secured below.

The Project http://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/top-stories-september-2014/breast-cancer-strikes-young-and-old

SBS News http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/09/10/sarah-murdoch-urges-more-breast-cancer-aid-0

Channel 10 News http://tenplay.com.au/news/national/2014/9/10/breast-cancer-awareness?autoStart=true

Channel 7 News https://au.news.yahoo.com/video/watch/24957789/dealing-with-diagnosis/

A big thanks to all media who have supported both The SCAR Project and Young Women’s Report. It’s only through your help that we can help raise awareness of the often under-reported issue of breast cancer and young women.

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