Cancer Council Australia

Australians encouraged to get active on World Cancer Day

On Saturday 4 February, Cancer Council Australia joined organisations around the world to mark World Cancer Day and encourage Australians to get physically active to reduce their cancer risk.

Only around one in two Australians aged 18-64 meet the Australian physical activity guidelines of more than 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or more than 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both, including walking, per week.

Research shows that 1800 preventable cancer cases in Australia each year were attributed to inactivity and a further 3900 cases were caused by high body mass, a risk factor that cancer also be reduced by being more active.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s Cancer in Australia 2017

National cancer data released on the eve of World Cancer Day (4 Feb) highlights lost opportunities in bowel cancer screening and an alarming increase in liver cancer deaths, indicating the benefits of cancer prevention and early detection.

The report shows that Australia continues to have some of the best cancer outcomes in the world. Cancer incidence rates and the cancer death rate continue to fall – the report shows that 68 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, a 20 per cent increase from the 1980s.

However cancer continues to be the biggest cause of disease burden in Australia – largely because of its contribution to the number of premature deaths. Over 134,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017, but sadly there is low participation rates in the three cancer screening programs from bowel, breast and cervical cancer.

The report also showed that liver cancer was the only common cancer where mortality had increased, likely due to increases in Hepatitis B and C infection and risk factors such as high body mass and excess alcohol consumption.

National Skin Cancer Action Week

Cancer Council research released in November showed fewer Australians are using hats to protect themselves from the sun and, as a result, are getting sunburnt on their face, head, nose or ears.

The data from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey revealed that just 44 per cent of Australian adults wear a hat when exposed to UV on summer weekends, down from 48 per cent in 2003.

Australian adults’ use of clothing to protect their skin also decreased and their tendency to seek shade during peak UV times showed no improvement. However, the survey did show that Australian’s use of sunscreen had increased.

Cancer Council and the Australasian College of Dermatologists used the findings to remind Australians about the importance of protecting themselves in five ways for National Skin Cancer Action Week.

Cancer Council and Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre – On the Road to Recovery CALD Project

On the road to recovery is a collaboration designed to produce translated booklets to assist cancer patients and survivors from cultural and linguistically diverse communities.

Developed by Cancer Council in conjunction with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the project has been supported with funding from Cancer Australia.

Stage one developed booklets on cancer survivorshiop in Cantonese, Mandarin and Greek. Stage two produced bilingual booklets and fact sheets in Arabic, Vietnamese and Italian.

Stage three is now underway with a view to developing resources on survivorship in Hindi and Tagalog. This project is again being supported by Cancer Australia.

For details, contact Jane Roy on 02 8063 4100 or email

Supporting people with cancer

Cancer Council Australia has received funding support from Cancer Australia for the development of psychosocial and information resources, focusing on a supportive care framework for patients in Australia, with rare or less common cancers with less common cancers. In addition, the project aims to develop web-based content on 10 less common cancers.

Clinical Guidelines Network

Cancer Council Australia aims to produce concise, clinically relevant and up-to-date electronic clinical practice guidelines for health professionals, accessible on its wiki platform at

For more information or to be added to the mailing list for notification of guidelines open for public consultation or guidelines launches, please email

Guidelines in development



National Cervical Screening Program: Guidelines for the management of screen detected abnormalities, screening in specific populations and investigation of abnormal vaginal bleeding

Will be launched in 2017, in support of the Renewal of the National Cervical Screening Program.

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of lung cancer

Systematic reviews and content development in progress for second set of content. The first set of questions were published in November 2016.

Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of melanoma

Second set of draft content went to public consultation Jan/Feb 2017 and post public consultation in progress. Email to be notified when the final content will be published. Further systematic reviews in progress.

Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, early detection and management of colorectal cancer

These guidelines will be open for public consultation from 10 March to 8 April 2017. Please see to submit feedback.

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of sarcoma in AYA

Systematic reviews in progress

Clinical practice guidelines for Surveillance Colonoscopy

Guidelines revision commissioned by Department of Health and systematic review updates are underway.

Cancer Council Australia guidelines


Last updated

Clinical practice guidelines for PSA testing and management of test-detected prostate cancer

August 2015

Clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Barrett’s oesophagus and early oesophageal adenocarcinoma

September 2014

Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of lung cancer

December 2012 (update in progress)

Management of apparent early stage endometrial cancer

March 2012

Clinical practice guidelines for surveillance colonoscopy

December 2011 (update in progress)

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of adult onset sarcoma

February 2015

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancer

April 2010

Clinical Oncology Society of Australia guidelines


Last updated

Clinical practice guidelines for teleoncology

December 2015

Diagnosis and management of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumours guidance

August 2012

Evidence-based practice guidelines for the nutritional management of adult patients with head and neck cancer

August 2013

Early detection of cancer in AYAs

May 2012

AYA cancer fertility preservation

September 2012

Psychosocial management of AYA cancer patients

June 2012

Other guidelines


Last updated

Cancer pain management

August 2013


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