About cancer

Your starting point for information about cancer — what it is, the different types of cancer, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Find out what we're doing about cancer in Australia.

  • What is cancer?
    Cancer is a disease of the cells, which occurs when abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way. These abnormal cells can damage or invade the surrounding tissues, or spread to other parts of the body, causing further damage.
  • Cancer in Australia
    Cancer is common in Australia, but many types can be prevented or treated. Discover where to find reports and statistics about cancer.
  • Types of cancer
    There are different types of cancer, depending on which part of the body is affected. Learn about the most common types of cancer in Australia.
  • Preventing and diagnosing cancer
    Find out how you can reduce your risk of cancer and the different ways cancer can be diagnosed.
  • Treating and managing cancer
    Learn about the range of treatment options for cancer and how you can manage cancer.
  • What we're doing about cancer
    We work with other state and territory governments, organisations and the health community to reduce cancer in Australia. Find out about our policies, guidelines and research.
Last updated: 
24 September 2020
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