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Cancer stories and news

“If cancer doesn’t get me, COVID’s going to.”

Wednesday 12 January 2022

Kathrine’s immunocompromised, in remission from ovarian cancer, and has tested positive for COVID. This is her experience. 

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“It’s a great feeling, to give, it really is; it’s just a joy to be able to help people.”

Friday 17 December 2021

It was only natural that Rosemary brought her altruistic approach to life to addressing the problem that cancer posed as she watched it make more of an impact on the community.

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Taking on tobacco

Thursday 16 December 2021

50 years since first anti-tobacco ad aired on television. At the end of the 1960s, tobacco advertising was ubiquitous on Australian television, with a tobacco ad being run every eight minutes.

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Developing novel methods to monitor the marketing of products that increase the risk of cancer to children

Tuesday 14 December 2021

A revolutionary new method to monitor how products that increase the risk of cancer are marketed to children, is one of five research projects funded under Cancer Council Victoria’s $2.3 million Venture Grants research program.


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Research update: Protecting and empowering children’s and adolescents’ healthy food choices

Monday 13 December 2021

Child and adolescent-targeted food marketing has been closely scrutinised as a potential contributor to the obesity epidemic. Such food advertising influences children’s food preferences, purchases and consumption and is a probable casual factor in childhood obesity.

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Supporting people with cancer experiencing financial distress

Friday 10 December 2021

Financial distress can negatively affect quality of life for cancer patients and their families.

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“It’s got to be better.” Advocating for greater regional support

Wednesday 8 December 2021

Paul didn't mind the two hour commute from his regional hometown to Melbourne for his cancer treatment – but it was an entirely different story when it came to getting support.

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Concerning decline of cancer diagnoses in Victoria in 2020

Wednesday 8 December 2021

December 2021 Cancer In Victoria report focused on findings from 2020, found that in 2020, cancer diagnoses declined by 7 per cent – or about 2,420 less individual diagnoses in 2020, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Martin – a Daffodil Circle member

Introducing Martin – a Daffodil Circle member

For Martin, cancer came into his life at just 12 years of age, and it has had a profound impact on him ever since.

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One gift saved 20 million lives

George Frederick Carden imagined a future where there was a cure for cancer when he bequeathed 70,000 pounds (about $5 million in today’s money) back in 1945.

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What has been achieved over 85 years with help from people who left a gift in their Will

1936 - The ‘Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria’ is established by the Victorian Parliament. Our first meetings are chaired by the Lord Mayor at the Melbourne Town Hall. 

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Responding to COVID-19

Monday 6 December 2021

COVID-19 has been difficult for everybody, but it’s particularly challenging for those affected by cancer.

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Brands off our kids

Thursday 2 December 2021

Every child should be able to play, learn and live in a world that supports and promotes their health and wellbeing.

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Health 2020

Monday 22 November 2021

Health 2020 was the flagship research platform for the newly formed Cancer Epidemiology Centre at Cancer Council Victoria. Dr Nigel Gray, former Cancer Council Victoria CEO, intended that this research take advantage of the organisation's long-term stewardship of the Victorian Cancer Registry.

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A hard-hitting campaign showing just how “Full of Crap” Sugary Drinks are

Wednesday 10 November 2021

Sugary drinks such as soft drinks, sport and energy drinks, fruit drinks and cordial contribute the most added sugar to Australian’s diets. Frighteningly, a single 600ml bottle of soft drink contains about 16 packs of sugar, and if you sip on one of these bottles per day for a year, that amounts to over 23 kilos of sugar consumed annually.

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