Who we are
At current rates, 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85. But thanks to improvements in cancer detection, prevention, research and support, 68% of Australians will survive at least five years.
There are now more than 1.1 million Australians who are either living with cancer or who have survived a diagnosis. Nearly everyone knows someone affected by cancer.
Cancer Council is the leading cancer charity in Australia, uniting the community, creating hope, providing support and saving lives. We support and represent people affected by every cancer, and we work across every area: research, prevention, support and advocacy. The work we do, and the way we do it, are underpinned by five key values: compassion, collaboration, trust, innovation, and excellence.
This annual review, from Cancer Council Australia, presents just the highlights of our national activities and achievements, as well as an overview of highlights from the state and territory Cancer Councils in 2016-17. What we do helps and supports people affected by cancer today, but we are also funding research, promoting lifestyle and policy changes to prevent cancer and developing innovative support mechanisms so that we can reduce the impact of cancer tomorrow.
We’re making great strides towards our vision of a cancer-free future. To reach it, we rely on the generosity of community donations to continue our vital work in every state and territory. Our thanks to every individual, group and organisation that supports Cancer Council. We’re all in this together.
This page was last updated on: Friday, January 5, 2018