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  • In the Media 15 Mar 2018 by Krystal Barter
    There is growing evidence for breast density measurement to be incorporated into the national free screening program for breast cancer in Australia. Breast density is considered to be one of the strongest predictors of breast cancer risk – possibly even a greater risk factor than carrying the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene mutation, which is commonly associated with […]
  • Medical 31 Jan 2018 by Krystal Barter
    Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?   All women are at risk for ovarian cancer. There is an increased risk for women with a genetic mutation such as BRCA1 or BRCA2.  It is estimated that 80% of ovarian cancer occurs in women with no family history or genetic mutation – these are termed sporadic […]
  • Health and Wellbeing 12 Oct 2017 by Krystal Barter
    SYDNEY, 12 OCTOBER 2017 – Pink Hope has today welcomed the decision by Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) to provide free BRCA gene testing for families at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  A move Pink Hope has long-advocated for. Until now, Aussies at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer – because of their […]
  • Medical 26 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Suzy and I am not sure if I am BRCA positive. However I do have a high risk family history spanning three decades and for this reason I was able to qualify for a double preventative mastectomy. I was told in 2001 by a family member that my female aunts who developed […]
  • Medical 26 Sep 2017 by Krystal Barter
    I was first told I had dense breasts when I was 27 when I was sent for a mammogram and ultra sound by my GP because of a lump I had found in my right breast. This was way before I knew I was a BRCA1 mutation carrier or that a gene mutation was in […]
  • Health and Wellbeing 29 Aug 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Pink Hope Outreach Ambassadors Kathryn and Christine share their reasons for researching their family trees and the importance of this information in relation to their own genetic health and the health of other family members. There is a saying that a family is like a tree – it branches off in different directions but shares […]
  • Health and Wellbeing 21 Aug 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Know Your Risk is an online questionnaire that helps women assess their personal risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer. Previously, the tool used a woman’s family history to assess her risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. We have now updated the tool to include other factors that can strongly impact risk of these […]
  • Health and Wellbeing 17 Aug 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Our digestive systems are the unsung workaholics of our bodies, toiling around the clock to break down and absorb nutrients from the food and fluids we consume. Within this ongoing cycle, our large intestine – often referred to as our gut – is the office hero. Though perhaps we should say office heroes, because it […]
  • Medical 03 Aug 2017 by Krystal Barter
    If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices? Below, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about her tips and winter-food winners, explaining how they can help you through the colder months and how to […]
  • Medical 26 Jul 2017 by Krystal Barter
      When you’re in the depths of worry or anxiety, it can be hard to focus on anything but your racing thoughts. You can feel stuck inside your head, inside a situation that won’t let up … on a loop with no end in sight. So how do you break the cycle of worrying thoughts? […]
  • Medical 05 Jun 2017 by Krystal Barter
      We all know the guilty feeling of giving up a New Year’s resolution halfway through January ( oh.. and now it’s June!!). Here is one healthy change for 2017 that isn’t too difficult to get right. It doesn’t involve running a marathon or starting a new fad diet. It’s a simple step, but an […]
  • Medical 05 Jun 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Before we get started, here are a few handy facts: The Pap test (also called the Pap smear test) is a simple test that checks for changes to the cells of the cervix that may lead to cervical cancer The cervix is a part of the female reproductive system that connects the top of the […]


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