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About Cancer Council

Cancer Council Australia was originally known as the Australian Cancer Society when, in 1961, the six state Cancer Councils, formed a federal body to promote cancer control at a national level. Cancer organisations in the ACT and Northern Territory subsequently signed on as members of the society.

The primary role of the federal body is to develop independent national cancer control policy while the state and territory Cancer Councils undertake most of the organisation’s research, patient support and education programs. 

Every day, we support people affected by cancer when they need it most