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Latest from Cancer Council Australia
30 Jan 2015

New report shows cancer leading cause of premature death in Australia

New research shows that cancer is causing unprecedented levels of premature mortality in Australians compared with all other causes of death, highlighting the urgent need for the whole community to do more to prevent cancer and improve patient outcomes.

22 Dec 2014

New data shows Australians turning off solariums

New data released in the lead-up to commercial solarium bans coming into force show that Australians are ready to ditch the potentially deadly machines.

17 Dec 2014

New cancer report shows need to reduce disparities and address growth in patient numbers

A new report on cancer incidence and mortality in Australia highlights the urgent need to address disparities in treatment outcomes and prepare for an increasing number of cancer patients, Cancer Council said today.

08 Dec 2014

CEOs of leading cancer organisations stand together in the fight to reduce tobacco-related death across the world

Cancer Research UK, the Union for International Cancer Control, the US National Cancer Institute and Cancer Council Australia, today formally united to further research into evidence-based tobacco control, to reduce the millions of tobacco-related deaths that occur across the world each year.

05 Dec 2014

Australian obesity problem highlighted at World Cancer Congress

Soaring rates of obesity in Australia and other developed countries will be a major contributor to the expected 50 per cent increase in cancer cases to 21.7 million by 2030, the World Cancer Congress will be told today (5/12).

05 Dec 2014

Governments challenged by developments in cancer screening

Recent developments in cancer prevention and screening are raising challenges and leading to a rethink of approaches worldwide.

04 Dec 2014

Experts take major step towards maximising benefits and minimising harms from prostate cancer testing

Leading Australian cancer agencies are seeking community and professional input into draft clinical practice guidelines aimed at maximising the benefits and minimising the harms of use of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer.

17 Nov 2014

Teens tone down tanning 10 years on

New findings from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey show Australian adolescents are developing healthier attitudes towards tanning, but there is still room for improvement.

29 Oct 2014

Thanks a bunch Australia!

Coles supermarkets and Coles Express are celebrating a record-breaking fundraising effort after raising their greatest amount ever, more than $2.8 million for this year’s Daffodil Day campaign.

28 Oct 2014

Youth tobacco smoking in Poland surges in step with e-cigarette use

A new study showing a major increase in the dual use of electronic and smoked tobacco cigarettes among Polish teenagers should ring alarm bells about the health risks e-cigarettes could pose to young Australians, Cancer Council Australia said today.

26 Sep 2014

Cancer Council Australia congratulates France on plain packaging decision

Cancer Council Australia has congratulated the government of France for announcing its intention to introduce legislation for the plain packaging of tobacco products next year, to become effective in 2016.

24 Sep 2014

New cancer research report reflects importance of not-for-profit sector

Cancer Council Australia has welcomed an audit of Australian cancer research funding published today (24/9), showing the nation’s overall investment has doubled over the past eight years, with a modest relative increase in funds for cancers causing high death rates.

15 Sep 2014

Cancer Council publishes first Australian guidelines on Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma

Cancer Council Australia has published new clinical guidelines which will help provide greater consistency in the management one of Australia’s fastest growing cancers and its known precursor, Barrett’s oesophagus.

5 Sep 2014

Gene patent laws must change to protect Australian healthcare consumers

The Federal Court’s dismissal of an appeal against the patenting of genetic mutations associated with breast and ovarian cancer highlights why patent law in Australia needs to change, Cancer Council Australia said today.

24 Aug 2014

45 Australian schools to receive new defence in fight against skin cancer

Forty-five high schools across Australia have been selected to receive up to $25,000 to fund better shading in their school grounds, thanks to Cancer Council grants made possible through the eftpos Giveback program.

31 Jul 2014

New report shows cancer one of the leading causes of alcohol-related death

A new report showing that cancer was one of the leading causes of alcohol-related deaths in Australia should help raise public awareness of alcohol as a significant cancer risk factor.

25 Jul 2014

Unite in Pink and support women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers

Every day in Australia, around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer and will need our help and support.

21 Jul 2014

New daffodil range helps hope bloom

The daffodil is the international symbol of hope for everyone living with cancer. This year, Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day (Friday 22nd August) aims to raise $9.7 million to fund life-saving cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

17 Jul 2014

Australian smoking rates at record lows

New data showing a record fall in smoking rates confirms that Australia is on track to achieve major reductions in smoking-related diseases, Cancer Council Australia said today.

09 Jul 2014

Celebrities pin their hopes on beating cancer this Daffodil Day

Every day in Australia, 350 people will hear the words ‘You have cancer’ and sadly approximately 118 people will lose their lives to the disease.

27 Jun 2014

New Cancer Council urges food industry to embrace Health Star Rating system

Cancer Council Australia has congratulated Australia’s food policy ministers for reiterating their support for the Health Star Rating system on front-of-pack food labels and has called on the food industry to embrace the voluntary scheme.

26 Jun 2014

New report shows why governments must take action on food labelling

Good news on cancer survival in a new report published this week could go bad unless governments do more to assist Australians in taking responsibility for their health, Cancer Council Australia said today (26/6).

23 Jun 2014

New data shows 643,000 Australians binned lifesaving test in 2012-13

Cancer Council Australia is urging eligible Australians to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, following new data released today (23/6) that showed around 643,000 Australians threw away a free kit in 2012-13 that could have saved their lives.

18 Jun 2014

Tobacco industry misinformation aims to undermine success of plain packaging

Ongoing misinformation about tobacco sales in Australia is being driven by the tobacco industry to undermine the effectiveness of plain packaging, Cancer Council Australia said today.

29 May 2014

Cancer Council calls on GPs to support first ever bowel cancer screening campaign

Cancer Council is calling on GPs to encourage patients aged 50 and over to screen for bowel cancer with a faecal occult blood test, to help maximise the benefits of Australia’s first ever TV campaign to promote the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.

15 May 2014

Parliament House breaks for a cuppa with a cause!

Federal Minister for Health the Hon Peter Dutton and Shadow Health Minister the Hon Catherine King, will be making their cup count by breaking for morning tea at Parliament House in support of Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

13 May 2014

Cancer Council welcomes new bowel cancer screening and medical research investment

At least 35,000 Australian bowel cancer deaths will be prevented thanks to a $95.9 million, four-year plan to finalise Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in the 2014-15 budget.

07 May 2014

Mixed messages on DNA test a risk to bowel cancer screening

Cancer Council is urging GPs to encourage asymptomatic patients 50 or over to screen for bowel cancer with a faecal occult blood test (FOBT), which remains the gold standard for population screening.

28 April 2014

Recommended changes to cervical screening good news for Australian women

Cancer Council has welcomed recommended changes to Australia's cervical screening program announced today by Australia's Medical Services Advisory Committee.

04 April 2014

Cancer Council Australia congratulates UK on plain packaging progress

The UK Government should be congratulated for taking another step closer to introducing plain packaging for tobacco, Cancer Council Australia said today.

13 February 2014

Screening mammography saves lives

The weight of scientific evidence shows mammographic screening for breast cancer is a lifesaving public health intervention irrespective of a new Canadian study that questions mortality benefit, Cancer Council Australia said today.

04 February 2014

New report shows cancer the No. 1 global killer

A new global scientific report released today (4/2) for World Cancer Day shows that cancer is the biggest cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for 8.2 million deaths per year and rising.

24 January 2014

Cancer Council and eftpos put skin cancer in the shade

Cancer Council is encouraging Australian secondary schools to do more to help prevent skin cancer, with the launch of its new secondary school shade initiative funded by the eftpos Giveback program.

14 January 2014

Raise your cup and celebrate Cancer Council's Australia's Biggest Morning Tea this May

This May 22nd raise your cup for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and help Cancer Council raise vital funds for cancer prevention, research and support services

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This page was last updated on: Friday, January 30, 2015