Shit You Should Care About… Breast Cancer.

Breast cancer touches the lives of everyone. For the lucky ones, it may be only a tiny brush; a family friend, a coworker, a great aunt. But, for far too many, the devastating impact of breast cancer hits much too close to home.

Breast cancer shows up as an unwelcome and unannounced guest. For me, it arrived at the kitchen table during dinner time. We were told that mum had found a lump; she was going away for a while for treatment; but it was going to be okay. For my mum it was okay. She was one of the lucky ones, undergoing just five weeks of radiational therapy. But many women and men don’t have this same luck.

Gillian Trim, 55, photographed by Ami Barwell.

Gillian Trim, 55, photographed by Ami Barwell.

Throughout the month of May you will see people coming together across New Zealand to fight the bitch that is breast cancer. The Pink Ribbon Breakfast is the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. In 2018 this event raised more than $2.1million. This money is put towards vital breast cancer treatment and research, as well as supporting patients by funding counselling, physiotherapy and group exercise programmes. The statistics show that this continuous financial support is critical as over 3000 kiwi women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and more than 600 are lost to it.

In the hope of making my own small contribution I have joined the other 2000+ hosts in holding my own pink ribbon breakfast this month. But I need your help. So, if you want to get behind this incredible cause, here is the link to my fundraising page. No donation is too small. I know we are students and money is tight, but every dollar counts. Spare $5 and miss out on a coffee this week. Walk instead of taking that uber, or go for the scrumpy instead of a box this weekend. I promise you won’t miss it.

OR if you want to host your own pink ribbon breakfast YOU CAN! Sign up here.

Artist cred: Cecile Dormeau

Artist cred: Cecile Dormeau

So let's celebrate the survivors and honour the memory of those we have lost. And what better way to do this than through sipping on a tea and a bit of titty chat.

Come and show your support:

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Before you go, here are some breast cancer facts:

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in females and the third most common cancer overall in New Zealand.

  • Every day nine kiwi women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Men can also have breast cancer. Around 25 men are diagnosed in New Zealand every year.

  • 70-75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50.

  • BreastScreen Aotearoa offers free mammograms every two years for women over the age of 45.

  • Death from breast cancer has decreased 27% since free mammograms began.

  • Family history of breast cancer will not guarantee your own diagnosis. 90-95% of women diagnosed had no breast cancer in their family previously.

  • Want to check your breasts? This page offers a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

These facts and those mentioned above were found at

Rubes x

Banner image cred: Tony Futura