Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2015-2016


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Cancer Council Australia manages a range of websites that provide Australians with easy-to-understand and evidence-based information about cancer, our policies, programs and positions on cancer issues, and guidelines for cancer treatment and care.

Cancer Council Australia Website is our main website and is designed to provide reliable cancer information for those directly impacted by cancer, as well as the general public.

Content managed on the primary website includes simple cancer fact sheets and prevention advice, public policy recommendations, resources for health professionals, news and digital publications.

In the 2015-16 financial year, the website attracted almost 2.7 million sessions, a 14 percent increase from the previous year. We also saw a 4 percent increase in page views, with total website page views exceeding 4.4 million.

During the year, the site was optimised for mobile devices making it easier for Australians to access reliable cancer content while on the go.

A range of new content was also added. In particular a number of new digital publications from our Understanding Cancer series was added and fact sheets were developed about a range of cancer types.

Blogs were published on a wide range of topics including vitamin D and sun protection, meat and cancer risk and the UV index, and we added personal stories from a number of Australians who were keen to share their personal cancer experiences. Our policy and position statement information was also regularly updated.

iheard website

Cancer Council's iheard website addresses common cancer misconceptions, questions and myths. Visitors to the website can search over 100 cancer-related issues and read evidence-based responses prepared by our experts. Users can also submit their own questions to be reviewed by our experts.

Questions relate to claims about what lowers your cancer risk; cancer treatments and therapies; how to detect cancer; and what increases the risk of cancer. It is also possible to search the questions by category.

The most popular questions during the 2015-16 year were about laser hair removal, whether resting a laptop on your legs increases cancer risk and various cancer therapies and treatments.

Users can browse the website any time and on any device. The site received more than 62,000 sessions during the year (up 41 percent on the previous year) including a large contingent of visits from other countries including the US, UK, and Canada.

Cancer Guidelines Wiki website

Our Cancer Guidelines Wiki houses clinical guidelines, policy information and education materials. The wiki platform allows content to be constantly updated as new evidence becomes available, with content linking to sourced studies.

In 2015-16 we:

  • continued work on the National Cancer Prevention Policy, including a comprehensive update of the occupational cancer chapter
  • continued work on a National Cancer Care Policy, with a draft framework to guide development of content relating to cancer care and supportive care for people affected by cancer
  • published Australia’s first evidence-based recommendations for using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to assess prostate cancer risk
  • released draft guidelines for public consultation for the management of screen-detected cervical abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • released draft contents and recommendations addressing features of melanoma, biopsy, sentinel node biopsy and excision margins for public consultation that form part of the revised guidelines for the diagnosis and management of melanoma.

We also:

  • continued to develop clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and diagnosis of lung cancer
  • continued to develop the revision of clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer
  • integrated updated literature into the guidelines for the management of adult onset sarcoma
  • processed and integrated literature updates received for the lung cancer treatment guidelines
  • progressed the development of sarcoma guidelines for adolescents and young adults
  • started the planning to commence the revision of clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy, commissioned by the Department of Health in May 2016.

Cancer Council National GP Portal

The Cancer Council National GP Portal provides GPs and health professionals with access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based cancer information and resources via a single, easy-to-navigate portal.

The site is managed by Cancer Council Victoria under the guidance of our national General Practice Committee.

In 2015-16 there were over 6,500 visits to the portal.

eLearning website

eLearning is Cancer Council’s online education platform, currently providing free educational courses for health practitioners, OH&S professionals and workers who may be at risk of exposure to carcinogens.

In 2015-16 sessions to the site jumped 54% to 11,000 and users on the site increased by 140% to 6,500.

Development of a mobile responsive platform for is underway, with launch of the upgraded site planned for late 2016.

Bowel Cancer website

In mid-2014 we launched a new website,, to support a TV and digital campaign to raise awareness of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program and bowel cancer generally.

The website provides information and encourages Australians 50 and over to take the simple home test which is provided free by the government for people aged 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 and 74. By 2020 the test will be free every two years for all Australians aged 50 to 74.

During the 2015-16 financial year this website attracted just over 36,000 sessions and almost 50,000 page views.

Apart from the homepage, the most visited sections were about prevention of bowel cancer and screening.


This page was last updated on: Monday, October 24, 2016