Cancer Council Australia

Join our network

Facebook Twitter Instagram
Pinterest Youtube RSS

Subscribe by email

To stay updated on the latest news and information released, simply type in your address below and click subscribe.

Enter your email address:

Larger Text Smaller Text Print

Media releases

Latest from Cancer Council Australia
18 November 2018

Tanning teens still seek the sun

New research released today by Cancer Council Australia has shown the message that there’s nothing healthy about a tan is still not reaching the majority of Aussie teens, with an alarming 62% saying their friends think a tan is a good thing.

01 November 2018

Cancer Council Australia Welcomes Singapore’s Standardised Packaging Tobacco Reforms

Australia’s leading cancer charity, Cancer Council Australia has congratulated a move by the Singaporean Ministry of Health to introduce standardised packaging and enlarged health warnings on tobacco products.

03 October 2018

Australia set to eliminate cervical cancer by 2035

Australia is set to become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer following the success of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination program and the changes to the National Cervical Screening Program.

25 September 2018 Australian Cancer Atlas unpacks cancer burden by locality

Australians can now discover the impact of cancer in their suburb or town, with the launch of a new cutting-edge Australian Cancer Atlas.

25 September 2018

Australia must lead on UN plan to cut chronic disease deaths by one-third by 2030

Health groups are urging the Australian Government to step up its commitment to chronic disease prevention, as world leaders prepare for a UN High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) this week.

10 August 2018

Cancer Council commends change to food labelling system

Australians will be able to make more informed choices when selecting packaged foods and drinks, thanks to an improvement to the Health Star Rating food label system announced by all Australian and New Zealand governments.

1 August 2018

388 billion reasons to get anti-smoking campaigns back on the public agenda

 new study estimating that smoking causes $388 billion in long-term productivity losses in Australia should be a wake-up call to get anti-smoking mass media campaigns back on the public agenda, Cancer Council Australia said today.

27 July 2018

Aussie men urged to be aware of head and neck cancers

With estimates suggesting that over 4,900 Australians were diagnosed with a head or neck cancer last year, experts are encouraging Australians, particularly men, to become aware of the symptoms and risk factors, including tobacco, alcohol and the human papilloma virus (HPV).

25 May 2018

Evidence drives sweeping changes to melanoma treatment recommendations

Updated national clinical guidelines recommend not performing major lymph node surgery routinely for low-volume melanoma in lymph nodes, and active drug therapies as standard for advanced melanoma.

9 April 2018

Celebrate 25 years of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea with Cancer Council

For 25 years, Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea has brought together millions of Australians over a cuppa and a bite to eat in support for those affected by cancer. 

19 March 2018

9 in 10 Australians don’t know when they need sun protection

Australians could be unknowingly increasing their skin cancer risk, with new data released by Cancer Council today showing that 40 percent of Australians are still confused about which weather factors cause sunburn.

9 March 2018

 Cancer Council welcomes new support for low survival cancers

Cancer Council Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s $10 million investment into research for low survival cancers and diseases. 

1 February 2018

Number of Australians living with or beyond cancer to surge 72% by 2040: 1 in 18 Australians will have a personal history of cancer

New report shows that the increase in the number of Australians living with and surviving cancer will lead to almost 1.9 million Australians living with a personal history of cancer by 2040.

6 December 2017

 Cancer Council hails landmark study in patient-centred care

Cancer Council Australia has hailed a new $1.16 million cancer research grant announced by the Australian Government today as a landmark event in understanding cancer outcomes from the experience of patients and survivors

1 December 2017

 Australian women encouraged to take part in new cervical screening program

Cancer Council is encouraging eligible Australian women to take part in the renewed national cervical cancer screening program which starts today (1 December). The new program is expected to reduce deaths from the disease by at least 20 percent.

19 November 2017

We're still a sunburnt country

New data shows more than 2.7 million Aussies getting sunburnt on summer weekends.

20 October 2017

Almost half of Australians confused about sunscreen

New Cancer Council research released today (20 October) shows that Australians are becoming increasingly misinformed about sunscreen, prompting skin cancer prevention experts to bust common sunscreen myths and remind Australians to slip, slop, slap, seek (shade) and slide (on sunglasses).

12 October 2017

Silica dust  - the cancer risk that tradies cannot see

With new estimates showing that over 230 lung cancer cases in Australia each year are caused by exposure to silica dust in the workplace, Cancer Council Australia is calling for tradies to be more aware of cancer risks on the job.

28 September 2017

Cost of cigarettes biggest motivator for quitting

Cancer Council has welcomed new research showing the proportion of Australian smokers motivated to quit by the rising cost of tobacco products has increased from 35.8% to almost 52% in the past decade

27 July 2017

4,900 Australians will face a head or neck cancer this year

With around 4,900 Australians expected to be diagnosed with a head or neck cancer this year, Cancer Council Australia is using World Head and Neck Cancer Day to raise awareness and highlight the steps Australians can take to reduce their risk, as well as the symptoms to look out for.

21 July 2017

Half of Australian cancer survivors shouldering financial stress – and it’s on the rise

New analysis has found that up to 1 in 2 Australian cancer survivors experience financial stress - prompting calls from Cancer Council Australia for greater transparency from healthcare providers.

31 May 2017

Heart Foundation and Cancer Council call for action on World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, highlighting the need for strong action, Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation said today.

18 May 2017

Medical research must include focus on better use of existing technology

Cancer Council Australia and the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia have called for new research into improved use of Australia’s existing health system and technology, in response to a Senate inquiry into research funding for poor-survival cancers.

28 February 2017

1 in 6 teenage boys consume at least 52 litres of soft drink each year

The vast availability of cheap soft drinks, at home and at school, is encouraging Australian teenage boys to continue to guzzle down sugary drinks at an alarming rate, according to new Cancer Council research published today.

3 February 2017

Gather, share and give in support of Aussies affected by cancer

One Australian is diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, the length of an average tea break.

3 February 2017

Australians encouraged to get active this World Cancer Day

Saturday 4 February is World Cancer Day and Cancer Council Australia is joining organisations around the world to mark the event and encouraging Aussies to get physically active to reduce their cancer risk.

3 February 2017

New cancer data highlights lost opportunities in bowel cancer screening and rising liver cancer toll

New national cancer data released today highlights lost opportunities in bowel cancer screening and an alarming increase in liver cancer deaths, Cancer Council Australia said today.

4 January 2017

Sunscreen use and individual reactions: a message from Cancer Council Australia

CEO of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Sanchia Aranda, said today that reported reactions to its SPF 50+ Kids sunscreen were being investigated and that Cancer Council’s sunscreen range remained safe and effective for the vast majority of users.

To view media releases from 2016, please click here.


This page was last updated on: Monday, November 19, 2018

Web design Code and Visual

All donations over $2 are tax deductible