September 2014

Large Victorian study confirms abortion is not a breast cancer risk factor

A collaborative research team from Cancer Council Victoria, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The University of Melbourne has confirmed that abortion does not increase the risk of developing breast cancer, after analysing prospective data gathered from more than 24,000 Victorian women over 18 years.

Fat chance of a fair game: New sports drinks proposal will mislead consumers on nutritional information, experts warn

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) is warning that proposed changes to food regulations could allow popular sports drinks with nearly as much sugar as soft drink to carry health claims, which could mislead the public into thinking they were healthier choices than water.

Clinical trials celebrate a quarter of a century of support

For the 26th year in a row generous Victorians have directly supported the management of clinical trials in their region.

Call for health of Crown employees and patrons to be protected – MPs to debate legislation today

Health groups are urging Victorian MPs to put public health first this week, as they consider proposed legislative changes for Crown Casino, Cancer Council Victoria said today.

Scott survives cancer three times and takes on the 27km Seven Parks Walk

Seven Parks Walk ambassador Scott Stephens’ life was turned upside down after being diagnosed with cancer three times. After doctors warned him his prognosis was poor, he decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle to help aid his recovery. Today, Scott has beaten the odds, and is happier and healthier than ever.

18 years of SunSmart sees dramatic increase in hats and sun-protective clothing in childcare and kinders

As UV levels rise across the state, Victorian pre-school and childcare services are leading the way in slapping on their hats and slipping on shirts, according to new SunSmart research released today to coincide with the program’s 18th anniversary in preschools and childcare centres.

Need a helping hand to quit? Nicotine patches available on the PBS

Smokers looking to kick the habit for good can access subsidised nicotine patches on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), Quit Victoria reminded smokers today.

Alcohol Policy Coalition supports protecting kids from alcohol ads

The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) has welcomed the Greens' policy announcement that will put alcohol advertising restrictions on the agenda for the 2014 Victorian election.

No Duff-ence: beer found to breach code by appealing to kids

The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) applauds a recent decision under the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) to uphold a complaint against Woolworths' "Duff" beer.

OPC applauds Greens' policy to phase out junk food advertising from junior sport and outdoor areas

The Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) applauds The Greens on the launch of its new plan to combat harmful advertising to children and urges other political parties to follow suit.

Women urged to put their own health first during Women's Health Week

Cancer Council Victoria is urging women to put their health first and take steps to reduce their cancer risk during Women's Health Week (1–5 September).

Health experts urge young women to have regular Pap tests after the release of concerning new research

Cancer Council Victoria and Victorian Cytology Service Inc are reminding young women that even if they’ve had the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, regular cervical screening is still essential to prevent cervical cancer.

Counter-advertising protects parents from junk food marketing

New research reveals that counter-advertising could be part of the solution to combating unhealthy food choices in the children's snack food aisle, but children can't be expected to accurately interpret the counter-advertisement on their own.

Updated: 01 Sep, 2014