about cancer council

Our goal? To beat cancer

Cancer Council brings together Australia’s leading state and territory cancer organisations. Our vision is to minimise the threat of cancer through successful prevention, effective treatment, support and world-class cancer research. To realise our vision, Cancer Council undertakes a broad range of activities:

Research - We are the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia. Together, with our research partners, we provided more than $70 million in research grants in 2015.

Patient support - Cancer Councils across Australia coordinate a network of cancer support groups, services and programs to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families and carers.

Information - We provide evidence-based, up-to-date information about all aspects of cancer to:

Doctors and other health professionals - to help improve prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Support -  Around 55,000 people contact Cancer Council for information and support each year, through Cancer Council 13 11 20.

Prevention - Our early detection and prevention programs aim to help people quit smoking, protect themselves from the sun, eat healthier foods, and engage in physical activity to reduce the risk of cancer.

Treatment - Our Australia-wide network of health professionals develop guidelines to provide the best evidence based treatment and care for cancer patients.

Advocacy - Cancer Council advises governments on the needs of our stakeholders and provides an independent voice for improved cancer control policy based on evidence.

Want to find out more?

Read more about different cancer types and the work of Cancer Council.

Want to know more about how smoking, alcohol and UV are associated with cancer? Or have you heard that deodorant, laser hair removal or resting a laptop on your legs can cause cancer? Sort cancer fact from fiction and brush up on your cancer knowledge ahead of Daffodil Day at Cancer Council’s iheard website.