The Ballina Breast Cancer Support Group now has a daytime group, in addition to the evening group.
The additional group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 10.00am until 12.00pm at the Ballina Kentwell Community Centre, meeting room 2. The group is a community based group open to anyone who has experienced breast cancer.
We regularly invite guest speakers to talk on topics like diet and exercise, relaxation and meditation, and discussions about cancer related issues. Our next meeting will be held on 17/11/16 and will include a “Laughter Yoga” workshop, presented by Manuela Mathieson.
The group is co facilitated by a specialist breast care nurse.
McGrath Breast Care Nurses help families in Australia experiencing breast cancer by providing invaluable physical, psychological and emotional support from the time of diagnosis and throughout treatment. This support is provided free of charge and can be accessed through self-referral. The McGrath Foundation raises money to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia as well as increasing breast awareness in young people. Recent research conducted by the McGrath Foundation revealed that while 73% of women consider themselves to be breast aware, yet only 39% of these women were knowledgeable about risk factors for the development of breast cancer. Approximately 16000 women and 150 men are expected to be diagnosed in 2016.
The McGrath Foundation funds 110 McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia. The majority of these communities are in regional and rural areas. Since 2005, the McGrath Foundation has supported more than 44000 families experiencing breast cancer.