Cancer Council Australia
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What we do



To realise our vision, Cancer Council Australia and its members undertake a broad range of activities.


Research

Cancer Councils are the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia, granting more than $54 million to cancer research, research scholarships and fellowships in 2013.


Information

We provide evidence-based, up-to-date information about all aspects of cancer to:

  • doctors and other health professionals - to help improve prevention, detection and treatment of cancer
  • cancer patients and the general community - more than 100,000 Australians contact the Cancer Councils for information and advice each year, through the Cancer Council Helpline.

Prevention

Our early detection and prevention programs aim to help people quit smoking, protect themselves from the sun, eat healthier foods and engage in physical activity to reduce the risk of cancer.

Patient support

Cancer Councils coordinate a network of cancer support groups, services and programs to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families and carers.


Treatment

Our Australia-wide network of health professionals, the Clinical Guidelines Network (CGN) develops guidelines to provide the best evidence based treatment and care for cancer patients. We also work closely with our clinical partner, the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia , to ensure recommendations on cancer care incorporate the advice of experienced cancer specialists across the full range of medical and scientific disciplines.


Advocacy

Cancer Council Australia advises government on the needs of our stakeholders and provides an independent voice for improved cancer control policy based on the evidence.

Cancer Council Australia also publishes the National Cancer Prevention Policy which advocates for a concerted and comprehensive national approach to the prevention of cancer. The policy makes specific recommendations for national action by governments and non-government organisations, including programs and strategies to reduce the incidence of cancer.


Fundraising

We organise events, receive donations and bequests and work with our corporate partners to raise money to support our cancer control activities.


Networks

Our affiliations with national and international cancer organisations help further our shared objectives.


Sun protection products

Cancer Councils market a range of high-quality, affordable sun protection products, including sunscreens, sunglasses, protective clothing, beach shelters and cosmetics with sun protection. Royalties support the activities of the Cancer Councils.


This page was last updated on: Friday, July 5, 2013