Cancer Council Australia

Annual Review 2015-2016


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New leadership

In August 2015 we welcomed a new CEO, Professor Sanchia Aranda. Professor Aranda has almost four decades experience in cancer control including as a clinician, researcher, educator, health administrator and member of leading state, national and international advisory committees and boards.

Analysis shows 1 in 3 cancers preventable

Ground-breaking research commissioned and funded by Cancer Council showed around 37,000 Australian cancer cases (around one in three) each year could be prevented largely through lifestyle changes. The analysis showed 90% of all preventable cancers are due to just six factors: smoking, UV radiation, poor diet, overweight, physical inactivity and alcohol.

$65 million for cancer research

In 2016, research grants through Cancer Councils totalled more than $65 million. Cancer Councils directly funded $43 million, with a further $22 million contributed by our research funding partners.

First guidelines for PSA testing

With the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, we produced Australia’s first evidence-based recommendations for using the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to assess prostate cancer risk. The NHMRC-approved recommendations aim to minimise the harms and maximise the benefits for individual men who choose to take a PSA test.

Expert advice on sun protection and vitamin D

We brought together experts to review the latest research and develop evidence-based recommendations for getting sufficient vitamin D for optimal health while using sun protection to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

UV risk to outdoor workers

We drew attention to the number of skin cancers caused by workplace exposures to UV radiation, with new research showing around half of all workers who spend time outside are missing out on sun protection.

Preparing for screening program changes

We significantly contributed to preparations for major changes to Australia’s National Cervical Screening Program in early 2017, developing clinical guidelines to support implementation of the renewed program, producing information resources, and co-hosted a symposium about issues for Indigenous women.

Supporting CALD people with cancer

Cancer Council and the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre joined forces to produce culturally-appropriate information on cancer survivorship for Australians of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

In its 23rd year, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea remained our most popular and successful fundraising event. More than a million people across Australia came together to share a morning tea, raising an amazing $13.3 million to support our work to beat cancer.

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