About Cancer Council

A charity for cancer control


Cancer Council brings together Australia‚Äôs leading state and territory cancer organisations. Our vision is to minimise the threat of cancer through successful prevention, best treatment, support and world-class cancer research. To realise our vision Cancer Council undertakes a broad range of activities:

Research - We are the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia, with our research partners granting more than $70 million last year in research grants.

Patient support - Cancer Councils around the country coordinate a network of cancer support groups, services and programs to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families and carers.

We provide evidence-based, up-to-date information about all aspects of cancer to:

Doctors and other health professionals - to help improve prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

Cancer patients and the general community - In 2015 around 58,000 people called Cancer Council 13 11 20, including people currently being treated for cancer, people living after cancer, their families, carers and friends, teachers, students and healthcare professionals. 

Prevention - Our early detection and prevention programs help people adopt healthier lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of cancer, such as quitting smoking, protecting themselves in the sun, eating a healthier diet and engaging in physical activity.

Treatment - Our Australia-wide network of health professionals develops clinical guidelines to provide the best evidence based treatment and care for cancer patients.

Advocacy - Cancer Council advises governments on the needs of our stakeholders and provides an independent voice for improved cancer control policy.

Want to find out more?

Read about the work of Cancer Council and find information on the different cancer types including leukaemia, breast, bowel, ovarian cancer and more.