Find out about cancer — what it is, different types of cancer, how we prevent, diagnose, treat and manage cancer.
Understand why cancer screening is important and what programs are available.
Find out what you can do to minimise your chances of developing cancer.
Learn about the work we're doing to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer in Australia.
Cancer Council Australia hotline
Did you know?
new cancer cases are estimated to be diagnosed in 2019 – 1 every 4 minutes
3 in every 10
deaths in Australia in 2016 were due to cancer
people are estimated to die from cancer in 2019 – 137 deaths every day
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Cancer Overview
Cancer screening programs
The BreastScreen Australia Program aims to reduce illness and death from breast cancer by detecting the disease early. Women aged 50 to 74 years of age are invited to have a free screening mammogram every 2 years.
The National Cervical Screening Program aims to reduce illness and death from cervical cancer. Women aged 25 to 74 years of age are invited to have a cervical screening test every 5 years.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program aims to reduce deaths from bowel cancer by detecting the early signs of the disease. Eligible Australians from 50 to 74 years of age are sent a free, simple test that is done at home. Find out how the program works and how to do the test.
This pilot program aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to do the bowel screening test. It provides resources for families and communities, and primary health care professionals participating in the pilot program.