News & Stories

  • 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 […]
  • News 07 Mar 2018 by Krystal Barter
    Nicole´s Story When I was 24 years old a distant cousin contacted my family to say that at just 30, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and carried both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancer genes. Considering that my grandmother had died at 52 from ovarian cancer, my mother went and immediately had the test. She […]
  • News 09 Feb 2018 by Krystal Barter
    Carol´s Story My sister and I had genetic testing together in September 2016, after our cousin received the first diagnosis of familial breast cancer in our large family. We both tested positive for the BRCA2 gene, and just a month later my sister was found to have early-stage breast cancer at her breast screening. The […]
  • News 06 Feb 2018 by Krystal Barter
    Michelle´s Story I have no idea if anyone really wants to know or can relate to my story but here it is anyway. September 2015 my older (18months) sister came home early from an around Australia family trip and told my mum and I that she has cancer. At that stage, the doctors had found the […]
  • News 17 Jan 2018 by Krystal Barter
    As science evolves, so does our understanding of risk and prevention. It is estimated that over 600,000 Australian women are at moderate to high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. For these individuals, it is imperative we exist and work hard so we can empower them with lifesaving information. We can only do this by actively engaging, […]
  • News 27 Nov 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Melanie´s Story As a child I grew up with stories of our strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer, mum was convinced that one day she would be next, it was just the expected norm in our family. Mum was right she did get breast cancer and then 10 years later ovarian cancer, it […]
  • News 27 Nov 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Julie´s Story One Family. One Gene. One Conversation. Over my life there was always one thing missing. My grandmother. Dads mum. A beautiful soul taken away way too young as a result of Breast Cancer. In 2015 my dad was diagnosed with an agressive form of prostate cancer after a routine health screen with his […]
  • News 27 Nov 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Rachelle’s Story During the Christmas of 2015, Rachelle’s father informed her and her siblings that he had tested positive to the BRCA2 mutation that had been discovered within his family. Soon after receiving the news, Rachelle was prepared to also undergo the genetic testing as she was already participating in “high risk” screening consisting of […]
  • News 27 Nov 2017 by Krystal Barter
    Renee´s Story Renee has known for 14 years that she carries the BRCA2 gene, inherited through her Dad’s side of the family. Four confirmed cases of breast cancer in two generations with her grandmother passing away at the age of 55. With the incredible support from her family she started her risk reducing surgery in June […]
  • 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 […]


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