No Australian woman would die of breast cancer by 2030 under an ambitious research strategy being pushed by the National BreastCancer Foundation.
The $100 million plan includes determining why one in 10 women don’t survive beyond five years after diagnosis, funding for immunotherapy research, more personalised therapies and prevention programs.
If successful, NBCF CEO Professor Sarah Hosking said there could be zero deaths by 2030.
“There is currently no data coordination between medical facilities and clinics,” she said on Thursday.
“This means it is hard to find who is most at risk of dying from the disease.”
Australian designer Camilla Franks was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2018 and is now on the road to recovery.
“In 2020, we still lose eight women to breast cancer every day. That’s eight too many,” Ms Franks said.
Australian women have a 91 per cent survival rate but nine per cent of those diagnosed die within five years. More than 3000 die from the disease each year.