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Breast Cancer Network NZ Inc launches petition

Breast Cancer Network NZ Inc Media Release August 16th 2006

Breast Cancer Network NZ Inc launches petition to get the incidence of breast cancer in NZ down.

The unpalatable fact that we would rather not face, is that 50 New Zealand women are diagnosed with breast cancer every week. The incidence of breast cancer in this country is among the highest in the world.

Our government's attention and money are targeted at diagnosis and treatments, which are absolutely necessary to save women's lives. But it makes extremely good sense to work on the vital area of reducing the incidence as well. This is not happening, so Breast Cancer Network is challenging the Government to take on the task. A prevention strategy is a long-term strategy that will have greatest impact on our daughters and granddaughters, rather than women of today. For their sake, we must get support for prevention.

Breast Cancer Network NZ has launched a petition asking government for a breast cancer strategy focused on reducing the incidence of breast cancer in New Zealand. Additionally, it asks that the role of synthetic environmental chemicals in breast cancer is acknowledged, and that New Zealand women are tested to establish the level of residues carried in their bodies. Finally, it requests that a precautionary approach be adopted with all chemicals where there is evidence of a link with breast cancer

In the recent history of breast cancer, great progress has been possible when people have worked together for change. Breast Cancer Network NZ is inviting the public to help by signing the petition. There is a short turn-around time with signed petition forms to be returned in September. Forms can be obtained via brcanz@xtra.co.nz, by phoning us at (09) 526 8853, or can be downloaded at www.bcn.org.nz

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