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Cancer Council Australia

Cancer Council Australia is the nation’s peak non-government cancer control organisation. They work across the cancer spectrum to reduce the impact of cancer on Australians.

They work across the cancer spectrum to reduce the impact of cancer on Australians by: 

  • providing information and support services for patients and families affected by cancer, and advocating for the rights of cancer patients for best treatment and supportive care
  • raising awareness and educating Australians about cancer prevention and early detection
  • working with and providing information to health professionals and Government bodies
  • funding and undertaking cancer research. 

Through Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20), Cancer Council Australia offers information to health professionals as well as practical and emotional support to patients and their families. The state and territory Cancer Councils distribute more than 700,000 booklets on all aspects of cancer each year through hospitals and clinics. 

Online, Cancer Council Australia offers information to Australians on topics like healthy lifestyle and early detection through cancer.org.au. They also developed the website, iheard, to provide a library of evidence-based responses to fanciful claims about cancer. Australians can undertake online courses on early detection and prevention through the eLearning platform.

Cancer Council Australia works closely with health professionals, the Australian Government and other bodies on practices and policies to help prevent, treat and detect cancer. Their innovative wiki platform houses best practice clinical treatment guidelines for health professionals working in cancer. 

Cancer Council Australia and its members are the leading funders of independent cancer research and related activities in Australia, granting more than $50 million to cancer research, research scholarships and fellowships every year. 

You can get involved with Cancer Council Australia through their national fundraising events: Daffodil Day, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, Cancer Council Pink and Relay for Life.

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Last reviewed: May 2019

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