Breakthrough Bulletin

First published in 1957, our corporate newsletter  Breakthrough Bulletin  (formerly  Cancer News ) is currently published bi-annually and sent to around 25,000 households.  Subscribe to our email list for notifications of each issue. 

Message from our CEO

In this edition: we bust some myths around sun protection, look at expert versus public opinion on healthy foods, report the findings of a new study into breast cancer risk for women, and share the outpouring of generous support for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day.

Myths about sun protection still abound!

Fact or fiction? We’ve dispelled five of the most common myths around sun protection to help protect you and your loved ones this summer. Download the SunSmart app to keep up to date.

Greater clarity for women over cancer risk

Research co-led by Cancer Council Victoria will give women who have inherited the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation more precise information than ever before about risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Connecting patients to clinical trials

People impacted by a cancer diagnosis can search every treatment trial across the state through the refreshed Victorian Cancer Trials Link (VCTL) website. Our new Trail Connect program also links cancer patients with trained peers who have been through a clinical trial.

Do the home test, it could save your life

Bowel cancer kills four times more Victorians than road accidents. Yet – if found early – 90% of bowel cancers can be successfully treated. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program is a very effective at-home test and completely free of charge.

When it comes to healthy eating, things aren’t always what they seem

A LiveLighter survey has shown some big differences in what the public view as healthy compared with nutritionists. Health experts warn to carefully check the credibility of health and nutrition information to ensure food marketing is not misleading.

Regional Wig Service gives Victorians confidence

Our free postal Wig Service can now be accessed by people living in regional areas who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment. Like Valerie, many people find that a well-fitted wig gives them more self-confidence during cancer treatment.

Brigitte's story

"We went up to the Grampians and I couldn’t stand the pressure in my head." It was Easter last year when Brigitte's life changed forever. The mother of six was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma a rare cancer that develops in skeletal muscle cells. She went on to raise over $14,000 for cancer research by hosting her own Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

You're invaluable!

Every year thousands of Victorians get behind our fundraising campaigns. Whether it’s hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, participating in Relay for Life, giving to our appeals or making a monthly donation, we couldn’t continue our important work without you.