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About cancer

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Cancer affects a large number of Australians, both directly and indirectly.

Cancer Council Australia provides credible, up-to-date information about different types of cancer, diagnosis and treatment.

You will also find information about genetic and family history aspects of cancer, help finding a treatment specialist and support for patients, family and carers.

Explore this section:

What is cancer?

We explain what cancer is and how it has affected Australians.
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Types of cancer

Detailed information on the different types of cancer.
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Causes of cancer

There are a number of chemical, physical and biological agents that can cause cancer.
More about causes of cancer

Early detection

It is vitally important to detect cancer early so that treatment is likely to be more effective.
More about early detection

After a diagnosis

Read our fact sheets on how you can cope with a cancer diagnosis.
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What to expect

The following care pathways have been developed to help identify the steps and recommended care.
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Living with cancer

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be difficult. Many people experience feelings of shock, fear and confusion. Find out some ways to cope here.
More about living with cancer


Find out about the different benefits and risks involved in cancer treatment.
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After treatment

After cancer treatment

When cancer treatment comes to an end, it is not uncommon for people to feel both anxious and excited. Find information on how to deal with it here.
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Find a specialist

Doctors usually specialise in particular types of cancer or areas of treatment.
More about find a specialist


Find support services for cancer patients, their families and carers.
More about support

Online resources

Access other credible online resources about cancer.
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Share your cancer story

If you would like to share your personal experience of cancer we would love to hear from you.
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Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about cancer.
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Download our free cancer e-books about chemotherapy, caring for someone with cancer, radiotherapy and surgery.
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This page was last updated on: Tuesday, November 10, 2015