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Worried about dementia?

You might be worried you or a family member has dementia. Learn tips to help you understand the early signs of dementia and how to raise concerns with your doctor.

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What causes breast cancer?

The causes of breast cancer are not fully understood, but some factors that are known to increase the risk. Find out more about risk factors on this page.

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5 ways to reduce your risk of heart disease

Nine in 10 Australians have at least one risk factor for heart disease, but there are ways to reduce your risk, keep your heart healthy, and raise awareness and funds for research.

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What causes a stroke?

Stroke is a largely preventable event and many stroke risk factors can be reduced by making lifestyle changes. Discover what might cause you to have a stroke.

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What causes leukaemia?

Doctors are not sure what causes leukaemia. But there are risk factors to be considered. Learn more about the risk factors.

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What causes lung cancer?

A risk factor is any factor that is associated with an increased chance of developing a particular health condition, such as lung cancer. Learn about risk factors for lung cancer.

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Causes of schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a major mental illness. While it can be inherited, the risk is increased by drug abuse and other environmental factors.

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What causes ovarian cancer?

There is no screening test for ovarian cancer. Learn more about the potential causes of, and risk factors for, this disease.

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Arthritis prevention

Trusted information on arthritis prevention including chronic disease risk factors, weight, exercise, alcohol, smoking, and links to trusted resources

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and dementia

Find out more about dementia and how it affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from Mark Wenitong, one of Australia's longest standing and respected indigenous doctors.

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What causes lymphoma?

Causes of lymphoma are not known, but you can find out more about risk factors.

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