September 2016

Female friendship is more powerful than ever with Cancer Council's Girls' Night In

Women are being encouraged to host a Girls' Night In during October to raise money to support the 5,600 Victorian women who will be diagnosed with a breast or gynaecological cancer this year.

Cancer Council Victoria welcomes VCAT FOI ruling on sensitive data

Cancer Council Victoria has welcomed a Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) ruling that British American Tobacco will not be granted access to data files containing information provided by thousands of Australian school children.

Footy legend scoffs at idea that bowel test is ‘too hard’

Footscray AFL legend Dougie Hawkins was “jumped on, tackled, bashed and chucked to the ground” over his 18 year career with the AFL. So as the star of a new campaign, Hawkins scoffs at the idea that doing the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) to screen for the precursors of bowel cancer is ‘too hard’ for Australians aged 50 to 74.

‘Black-market’ fears quashed as study finds Victorian solarium ban a success

Yesterday's first successful prosecution of illegal tanning operations follows the publication of a new study that shows the ban on commercial solariums has led to a dramatic reduction in the availability of tanning machines in Victoria.

Ethnic leaders call on MPs to close waterpipes loophole in Victoria

Leaders from local African and Middle Eastern communities have joined other ethnic groups in calling for MPs to support a proposal before the Victorian Parliament to bring waterpipe use, sale and advertising into line with other tobacco laws.

World-first study confirms rare genetic mutations cause high breast cancer risk

A massive global study led by researchers at the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria has confirmed that the risk of developing breast cancer from some relatively rare genetic changes is similar to that from the more common BRCA 1 and 2 mutations.

Cigarette price rise another reason to quit

Quitline is preparing for an influx of calls ahead of a tobacco tax increase, which will push the current leading brand of cigarettes to more than $26.

Updated: 01 Sep, 2016