Message from our CEO

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper

Through my work at Cancer Council I've had the privilege of working with many talented and passionate people committed to a cancer-free future. Dorothy Reading is one of those people.

For almost three decades, Dorothy worked tirelessly behind the scenes in cancer control, influencing legislative and policy reform and establishing Quit, SunSmart, PapScreen Victoria, and BreastScreen Victoria. It's fitting that Dorothy, who never sought personal recognition but whose work has saved thousands of lives, has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. We're delighted to see her achievements honoured, and are proud to carry on her work to prevent cancer and save lives.

Key to that mission is ensuring we have the right data to deliver vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services to Victorians now and in the future. In November, we were the first in the world to release our annual Cancer in Victoria: Statistics and Trends 2015, containing cancer incidence and mortality information.

The report shows that bowel cancer continues to cause the second highest number of cancer deaths in Victoria. If detected early, 90 percent of bowel cancer patients can be treated. It's therefore vital that all eligible Victorians take part in the free National Bowel Screening program. Participation in this program is currently too low at 38 percent, so our goal is to increase this to 50 percent by 2021. That's why this is a major priority for us - clearly there's an opportunity to save thousands of lives.

Also in this edition: the arrival of a new "cancer melting" treatment is providing new hope for Victorians living with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, and we spend ten minutes with one of our own cancer nurses, who shares insights into how a simple phone call can make a real difference to someone who is living with cancer.

Thank you again for your loyal support. I hope you know how much your contribution is helping to make a difference to people living with cancer.

Best wishes,
Todd Harper


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Updated: 05 Apr, 2017