Cancer Council Australia

Gene patent laws

Cancer Council Australia has highlighted the need for patent law to change, after the Federal Court’s dismissal in September of an appeal against the patenting of genetic mutations associated with breast and ovarian cancer. 

Director of Advocacy, Paul Grogan, said that given the unanimous Federal Court ruling was an interpretation of Australian law, the law itself needed to change to protect healthcare consumers from gene monopolies.

“The ruling puts Australia out of step with the US, where the Supreme Court invalidated the Myriad patents,” he said.

Guidelines on Barrett’s Oesophagus and Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma

Cancer Council Australia has published new clinical guidelines to help provide greater consistency in the management one of Australia’s fastest growing cancers and its known precursor, Barrett’s oesophagus.

Industry leaders are hopeful the guidelines for the Management and diagnosis of Barrett’s Oesophagus and oesophageal adenocarcinoma will deliver improved health outcomes for patients and help reduce treatment costs.

New cancer research report

Cancer Council welcomed an audit of cancer research funding in September, which showed the nation’s overall investment had doubled over eight years, with a modest relative increase in funds for cancers causing high death rates.

Cancer Research in Australia, released by Cancer Australia, found a total of $1.3 billion in cancer research was funded between 2003 and 2011, including a three-fold increase in tumour-specific projects.

Teens tone down tanning 10 years on

Findings from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey have shown adolescents are developing healthier attitudes towards tanning.

Research released in November, showed 38 per cent of young Australians (12-17 years) liked to get a sun tan, compared to 60 per cent 10 years ago

Obesity problem highlighted at World Cancer Congress

Soaring rates of obesity in Australia and other developed countries will be a major contributor to the expected 50 per cent increase in cancer cases to 21.7 million by 2030, the World Cancer Congress was told in December.

Worldwide, the number of overweight and obese individuals increased from 857 million in the 1980s to 2.1 billion in 2013.

At the launch of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Atlas, Second Edition, at the Congress in Melbourne, Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Ian Olver, said it was imperative governments of developed nations come together in a sustained and coordinated effort to reign in overweight and obesity.

CEO’s of leading cancer organisations stand together in fight to reduce tobacco-related death

Cancer Research UK, the Union for International Cancer Control, the US National Cancer Institute and Cancer Council Australia have united to further research into evidence-based tobacco control, to reduce the millions of tobacco-related deaths occurring worldwide each year.

Cancer Research UK has pledged £5 million to establish, with its cancer fighting partners, the International Consortium for Action and Research on Tobacco, and fund tobacco control research programs in low-and-middle income countries, where the impact of tobacco-related cancer is greatest.

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