It is estimated that there are more than 267 000 Australians living with cancer. The most common forms of cancer in Australia are non-melanoma skin cancer, prostate, colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer.
The risk of developing cancer is lower for females than males. In 2003 the risk of a diagnosis of cancer for males was 1 in 3 before age 75 and 1 in 2 before age 85. In females the risk was 1 in 4 before age 75 and 1 in 3 before age 85.
In 2006, there were 39,200 deaths due to cancer in Australia. Cancer survival rates in Australia are among the highest in the world.
Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2006, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Cancer Australia has been established by the Australian Government to help reduce the impact of cancer for all Australians. Its role is "to provide national leadership in cancer control and improve coordination of, and collaboration between, all stakeholders, including people affected by cancer, health professionals, researchers, cancer and other community organisations and governments".
This category is dedicated to disseminating information about cancer-related services and support organisations, local support groups for people affected by cancer, their carers and families.
Sydney, NSW 2000As the peak non-government cancer control organisation, Cancer Council Australia advises governments and others on practices and policies to help prevent, detect and treat cancer and advocates for the rights of cancer patients to best treatment and care. Nationally Cancer Councils undertake/fund cancer research, prevention and support programs.
Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 (local call cost)
The Wig Service
Fairbairn, ACT 2609The Cancer Council ACT is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region.
The Wig Service: 02 6257 9999
Quitline: 13 7848
Melbourne, VIC 3004Cancer Council Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation that has been leading the fight against cancer since 1936. Cancer Council Victoria undertakes three important aspects of cancer control - research, education and support for people with cancer, their families and friends.
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
Newtown, NSW 2042CanTeen supports young people aged 12-24 when cancer turns their world upside down. Whether itís their own diagnosis or a close family memberís, we help young people cope with the impact that cancer has on their life and connect them with others their age who are in the same boat.
Eastwood, SA 5063Cancer Council SA's vision is to beat cancer. Through research, prevention and support strategies, we will minimise the impact of all cancers for all South Australians.
Wanguri, NT 0810The Cancer Council NT is a not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of cancer on people living in the Northern Territory. Offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.
The Gawler Cancer Foundation
Yarra Valley, Victoria
Yarra Junction, VIC 3797The Gawler Cancer Foundation provides lifestyle-based educational retreats for people living with cancer and their support people. The Foundation's cancer self-help programs teach lifestyle practices which promote healing and help to improve quality of life and recovery outcomes. These programs complement medical treatments / complementary therapies that may be chosen as part of a treatment plan.
Surry Hills, ACT 2010Cancer Australia provides leadership and coordination in cancer control, prevention and treatment. It is a statutory agency (pursuant to the Cancer Australia Act 2006) within the Health and Ageing portfolio. One of the aims of the organisation is to strengthen consumer participation in cancer control through the National Consumer Advisory Group and the Cancer Support Networks grants program.
Western Private Hospital
Footscray, VIC 3011Western Private Hospital offers oncology services and the only private day oncology facility in the western area of Melbourne. The E.J. Whitten Cancer Treatment Centre incorporates a range of diagnostic and radiation oncology services.