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About Breast Cancer
Research Trust

Improving outcomes with evidence-based breast cancer research

The Breast Cancer Research Trust uses evidence based research advances, to provide those  diagnosed with breast cancer the best treatments, practices and outcomes.

Founded in 2000, the Breast Cancer Research Trust (BCRT), is involved in local and international research trials, which focus on using the latest research advances to prevent and cure breast cancer.

To date, the research team, led by Chair and Breast Cancer Surgeon, Professor Ian Campbell, has participated in more than 45 clinical trials, providing women/wāhine throughout New Zealand (and internationally), access to leading-edge protocols and therapy.

Our Vision:
Gaining knowledge,
Kia tupu ai te matauranga
... Saving lives
Kia ora ai te iwi


Our Mission:
Improving breast cancer care and treatment
He whakapai ake te Mate Uutaetae i te mahi rangahau

Every day more than one Waikato woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer

Every day ... more than

ONE Waikato woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer

Every day 10 New Zealand women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

Every day ...

TEN NZ women will be diagnosed with breast cancer

Every year 600 women will most likely die from breast cancer

Every year ...

600 women will most likely die from breast cancer

90% of these women will have no history of breast cancer

and ...

90% of these women will have no family history of breast cancer

Every woman is at risk of developing breast cancer

Its a myth that having a strong family history of it, is the main determining factor.

Breast Cancer Research Trust NZ, gaining knowledge, saving lives

Through good quality research and the contributions of women/wāhine, research staff, scientists, and clinicians, steady advances have been made in breast cancer care. These advances have resulted in improved chances of best outcomes for women diagnosed with the disease. In the last 20 years in New Zealand, breast cancer death rates have halved.

The BCRT connects with patients, doctors, nurses, and families in the community at the point of a breast cancer diagnosis and believes that despite breast cancer diagnoses, futures can go on and the best outcomes can be achieved.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in NZ women and Māori wāhine

Every woman is at risk of breast cancer

It costs at least $200,000 to run a clinical trial

90% of patients have no close family member with breast cancer

More than one woman/wāhine is diagnosed with breast cancer in the Waikato every day

2-3 men are diagnosed in the Waikato with breast cancer every year