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EFNL clubs will show its support for Australians affected by breast cancer this weekend with the league hosting a PLAY4BCNA Pink Sports Day Round across the competition. The round coincides with Mother’s Day weekend across May 7 – 9, 2021. The PLAY4BCNA Round has officially been registered with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) as a Pink Sports Day with clubs raising funds for BCNA to help support all Australian women and men affected by breast cancer. Football and netball clubs will be getting involved in a variety of ways from players wearing pink socks on the field through to hosting ladies’ luncheons, running raffles and collecting donations via their online fundraising pages and through tins at match day.

Key messages BCNA and Breast Cancer

  • In 2021, it is predicted that 20,825 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That is 57 people every day this year. Approximately 170 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Australian women, it was projected that breast cancer would account for 29% of all new cancers diagnosed in Australian women in 2020.
  • A breast cancer diagnosis doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed – it has a ripple effect on partners, children, friends, colleagues and the whole community. Sporting clubs are such integral community hubs of support and getting involved in the PLAY4BCNA Pink Sports Day program is a wonderful way to show support and fundraise to help ensure that no Australian goes through their breast cancer journey alone.
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia works to create a better cancer journey for Australians affected by breast cancer through providing free information and support, connection and advocacy.
    Some of the key information and services Breast Cancer Network Australia provide include:

    • –  a Helpline people can call to find out more information about breast cancer and be connected in with support services available.
    • –  Information forums held across the country that help people to live well during and after breast cancer, as well as connect with others in their local community going through a similar experience. BCNA also offer online conferences, webinars and a podcast series to inform and educate Australians affected by breast cancer no matter where they live.
    • –  The BCNA online network where people can connect and talk to others who have been through a similar experience, from the comfort of their own home.
    • –  A range of resources to help people navigate through their breast cancer journey and make decisions that are best for them. The My Journey online tool and symptom tracker are cutting edge support tools for Australians diagnosed with breast cancer that provide information that is timely and specific to their individual diagnosis and needs.
    • –  A free My Care Kit with a post surgery bra supplied by BCNA partner Berlei.
      Anyone who has been affected by breast cancer can call the BCNA Helpline on 1800 500 258 or visit www.bcna.org.au for information and support.

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