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Latest from Cancer Council Australia
07 Oct 2015

Numbers are in: 37,000 Australians can avoid a cancer diagnosis each year

Around 37,000 Australian cancer cases could be prevented each year largely through lifestyle change, according to the first ever study* of cancer incidence and preventable causes in Australia.

23 July 2015

Decline in cancer death rates welcome, but much more to do, says Cancer Council

New data released today (23/7) shows that cancer death rates in Australia are continuing to fall, but not quickly enough, according to Cancer Council Australia.

01 July 2015

Breast cancer screening rates drop, despite new data on life saving benefits

Cancer Council is encouraging all eligible Australian women aged 50 to 74 to consider participating in the free BreastScreen program following the release of data showing a downward trend in participation.

17 June 2015

Nicola Roxon appointed new Chair of Cancer Council Australia Board

Cancer Council Australia has announced the appointment of the Hon. Nicola Roxon as the new Chair of its Board.

04 June 2015

Internationally acclaimed cancer control expert named as new Cancer Council Australia CEO

Cancer Council Australia today (4/6) announced the appointment of Professor Sanchia Aranda as its new Chief Executive Officer.

04 Jun 2015

New analysis confirms effectiveness of breast cancer screening in 50-74 year-olds

Cancer Council is encouraging more Australian women aged 50 to 74 to consider participating in the free BreastScreen program following a major new international data analysis that showed the lifesaving benefits of mammography screening outweighed the harms of over-diagnosis at a population level.

31 May 2015

Government commended for assisting up to 1.8 million Australians avoid a smoking death

Australian smokers who are trying to avoid a premature tobacco-caused death have access to a range of new materials to help them quit, thanks to the Australian Government.

27 May 2015

Reps' inquiry must translate to real change if health system to remain sustainable

Australia’s health system will be more sustainable if a new government inquiry into chronic disease prevention translates into best practice, the Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (ACDPA) said today.

18 May 2015

$360m for workplace cancer compensation 'tip of the iceberg'

Australian employers, regulators and workers need to improve efforts to protect workers from cancer risks in the workplace according to a new report released by Cancer Council at a conference today (18/5).

14 May 2015

Teenage boys more vulnerable to junk food ads

New research released today by Cancer Council and the National Heart Foundation of Australia shows that Australian teenage boys consume more fast food and snacks high in salt compared with their female peers and are more susceptible to junk food marketing.

12 May 2015

Government listening on high-cost cancer drugs, screening and e-health

The Australian Government should be commended for its $600 million 2015-16 budget commitment to funding new cancer medicines and strengthening its cancer screening programs, Cancer Council Australia said today.

18 Apr 2015

'Revitalised' bowel cancer plan could save 90,000 lives - possibly yours

The Australian Government’s "revitalised" National Bowel Cancer Screening Program could save 90,000 Australian lives over the next four decades if at least 60 per cent of eligible people participate in the program, Cancer Council Australia said today.

19 Feb 2015

Increase in teenagers’ screen use a new threat to long-term health

New research released today (19/2) by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia shows Australian teenagers are spending increasing time in front of electronic devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, video games and TV.

04 Feb 2015

New research shows almost 2.4 million Aussie adults sunburnt on summer weekends

New research released by Cancer Council on World Cancer Day (4 Feb) shows that approximately 430,000 more Australian adults are getting sunburnt on the weekend than they were four years ago, increasing their risk of skin cancer.

30 Jan 2015

Join Australia's Biggest Morning Tea this May and help beat cancer

When it comes to beating cancer, we all have what it takes to help. You can make a difference this May by hosting a biggest morning tea and supporting the 1 in 2 Australians who will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.

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.

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This page was last updated on: Tuesday, October 6, 2015