Abstract: In 2011 it is estimated that more than 14,000 women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common cancer for women. Of those diagnosed, 30% will live outside a major city and it is estimated that about 43,000 women living in rural areas have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 25 years. A diagnosis of breast cancer is a challenging and emotionally distressing time for women and their families. The diagnosis is only the first step – the journey is on-going. Women continue to seek up-to-date information and support long after their initial diagnosis. Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that women diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, receive the very best information, treatment, care and support possible, no matter who they are or where they live. As the peak national breast cancer consumer organisation we support these women and families on a national and local level by: • informing women and families by providing quality, up-to-date information about breast cancer, its treatment and services • empowering women to have a voice in their own health care and to play an active role in improving breast cancer treatment, care and services • representing women’s voices and ensuring they are heard by policy makers, health providers and planners through our programs, policy and advocacy work • linking together those affected by breast cancer, through our events, Member Groups, and online network. The benefits of social networks and social support to the outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer have been established over the last decade, with Kroenke et al finding “an elevated risk of mortality among breast cancer survivors who were socially isolated, specifically related to a lack of close relatives, friends, or living children.