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Resources on cancer prevention, screening and diagnosis

To help GPs and other health professionals advise their patients about cancer prevention, screening and diagnosis, Cancer Council Australia has developed a series of concise resources. 


One-third of cancer deaths in Australia are caused by preventable risk factors such as smoking, limited physical activity, poor diet, sun exposure or not taking part in screening programs. There are seven simple steps to reduce the risk of cancer. 

Early detection

We have developed a series of resources to answer common questions health professionals, or their patients may have about the early detection of common cancers, including breast, ovarian, prostate and bowel cancer. There is also information on the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) and understanding your cervical screening test results. 

After a diagnosis

Following a diagnosis of cancer, patients and their families are likely to have many questions.

We have developed information to help answer some of the more common questions around diagnosis of specific cancers, understanding treatment options and questions to ask health professionals.

Disclaimer: The information contained in these resources is not a substitute for, and is not intended to replace, independent professional advice. Users should consider the need to obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances.

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