‘I didn’t know how strong I was, until I had to be’

Amelia was diagnosed, at the age of 36, with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. She was seven weeks pregnant at the time.

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For Amelia, there was only one way forward –
get rid of the cancer and protect her gorgeous baby.

AMELIA’S DIAGNOSIS

After a personal breast examination Amelia felt a lump. Determined to get ahead of it, she took herself to the doctor to get a checkup.

As the words came out of the doctor’s mouth ‘It’s breast cancer…’ they didn’t sink in. “I just remember the doctor saying, ‘We need to do something now…do you have anyone here to support you?’ I felt numb.

At 9 weeks pregnant Amelia had a lumpectomy and as she entered her second trimester she started chemo treatment.

‘If this had happened to me 10 years prior I wouldn’t have been able to have my baby girl…
for me that’s why research is so important

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AMELIA & BEA

At 31 weeks pregnant, after months of chemo, Amelia welcomed Bea into the world.

The day after, she started radiation treatment.

Amelia didn’t know how strong she was until she had to be. Her strength and resilience allowed her daughter Bea to be here today. But as you know, not everyone’s story has this happy ending.

‘By the time our kids are our age, these things won’t be a problem. If we keep researching it'.

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WHY ACRF?

Every year ACRF provides grant funding for research projects across Australia.

In the past 35 years, ACRF have backed 49 research projects that are focused on finding new and improved ways to prevent, detect and treat women’s cancers. Projects like:

1999
Diamantina Institute

Helped to fund the development of the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.

2016
Centenary Institute

Allowing researchers to better understand the way cancer cells metabolise nutrients, with a core focus on triple-negative breast cancer.

2017
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Expand the centres capacity to develop, trial and produce immunotherapies to treat cancers.

Fund the best and boldest cancer research projects across Australia, and support Women like Amelia.

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WOMEN’S CANCER STATISTICS 2019

There are a number of cancers that only impact women. Here’s some statistics related to the most common women’s cancers.

Breast Cancer

19,371

women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019

Thanks to investments in breast cancer research the 5 year survival rate of someone diagnose with breast cancer is 91%.

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Cervical Cancer

951

women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2019

Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in the world. Almost all cases of cervical cancer are attributable to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

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Ovarian Cancer

1,510

women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019

The average age for an ovarian cancer diagnosis is 64.5 years of age. Symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and hard to identify.

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