More than 400 breast cancer survivors gathered in Sydney this morning as a part of National Pink Ribbon Day.

Celebrations extend across the nation, with Pink Ribbon Breakfasts and volunteers selling merchandise.

Clea Harbison reports.

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Each year, more than 12,000 Australian women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Of those, 2,500 will not survive their battle.

The pink ribbon has become an international symbol of support and recognition for people affected by breast cancer.

More than 420 survivors of the disease attended a breakfast in Sydney to share their stories.

Dr Helen Zorbas, National Breast & Ovarian Cancer Centre: “This year about 14,000 women in Australia will be told they have breast cancer. That’s about 38 women every day.”

In the nation’s capital, Tim Mathieson, partner to the Prime Minister, also hosted a Pink Ribbon Day event, and had some important tips for his guests.

Tim Mathieson, Prime Minister’s partner: “I think it’s very important also for women’s health and especially for breast cancer so some of the things, you know, obviously should get a checkup regularly, and look for things like a lump or thickening of the breast.”

Throughout the country, volunteers sold Pink Ribbon Day merchandise including lapel ribbons, pens, and commemorative teddy bears to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Clea Harbison, QUT News.