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Cancer Australia

Cancer Australia was established by the Australian Government in 2006 to benefit all Australians affected by cancer, and their families and carers. Cancer Australia aims to reduce the impact of cancer, address disparities and improve outcomes for people affected by cancer by leading and coordinating national, evidence-based interventions across the continuum of care.

As a national cancer control agency, Cancer Australia also makes recommendations to the Australian Government about cancer policy and priorities.

Vision and mission

The vision of Cancer Australia is to reduce the impact of cancer and improve the wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

Cancer Australia’s mission is to strengthen and provide advice on the Australian Government’s strategic focus on cancer control and care.

How Cancer Australia can help

Cancer Australia informs, engages and partners to lead, shape and create value in national cancer control and to deliver effective cancer care.

The Cancer Australia website provides information for people affected by cancer, including where to find support, healthy living and clinical best practice guides.

Information / help lines

Email: enquiries@canceraustralia.gov.au

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Last reviewed: June 2021

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What is Melanoma?

Melanoma occurs when abnormal cells in the skin grow in an uncontrolled way.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

What is Cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer develops from the tissues of the cervix. It is also called cancer of the uterine cervix. It is the third most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in Australian women.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

What is Lymphoma?

Lymphoma occurs when abnormal white blood cells (lymphocytes) in the lymphatic system grow in an uncontrolled way.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

What is Ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the ovary, fallopian tube or peritoneum grow in an uncontrolled way.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Pancreatic cancer fact sheet

Pancreatic cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the pancreas grow in an uncontrolled way

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Metastatic breast cancer | Breast cancer

Radiotherapy uses X-rays to destroy cancer cells in some parts of the body. Radiotherapy is a localised treatment, which means it only treats the area of the body its aimed at. Radiotherapy may be used to treat different parts of the body that are affected by metastaticbreast cancer. If metastatic breast cancer has spread to the bones, radiotherapy may be used:

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Lynch Syndrome

Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition due to a gene fault that increases a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

Melanoma | Cancer Australia Childrens Cancers

Information on melanoma, including risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Brain cancer

Brain cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the brain grow in an uncontrolled way. The brain is part of the body’s central nervous system.

Read more on Cancer Australia website

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