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 […]
  • Personal Stories 07 Mar 2018 by Krystal Barter
    My name’s Miranda and this is my story. I am nearly 38yrs old, and I live in Wollongong NSW with my partner and our 2yr old daughter, with another little girl on the way. I lost my Mum to breast cancer when I was 11. She was way taken from us way too young, passing […]
  • Personal Stories 07 Mar 2018 by Krystal Barter
    I am a 28 year old woman who recently made a very difficult but very necessary decision to under go a profolatic double mastectomy with nipple sparing and an expander on December 18th 2017. My mother was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at the age of 50 right before my 25th birthday. I was […]
  • 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 […]
  • Personal Stories 14 Feb 2018 by Krystal Barter
    I had a Golden Retriever called Sunny who at the age of 13 started to become quite ill and under his luscious golden coat whist giving him some love I felt a lump….it startled me, it felt horrible and here began my absolute fear of lumps. I was 34, fit, vegan and recently married when […]
  • Personal Stories 09 Feb 2018 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Kristy and this is my story. I have a BRCA1 gene mutation. My paternal grandmother Heather passed away from ovarian cancer in the 80’s when she was just 61 and I always thought it was cervical cancer so I was very proactive at having pap smears and ensuring I would not succumb […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Personal Stories 29 Jan 2018 by Krystal Barter
    HOPE for a cure to my mum’s ovarian cancer was always in our conversations. Mum was in remission for 10 years and passed away 8 years ago and I still have questions that I wished we had discussed. Instead, we spent most of our time talking about a cure, a miracle. I now wonder if […]
  • 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, […]
  • Personal Stories 19 Dec 2017 by Krystal Barter
    My name is Krystal and this is my story. I’m 27 years old and a stay at home Mum of three kids under four. My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 27 but over the years became more serious and sadly lost her battle at the age of 36. Her mother […]


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