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Helping Australia eliminate cervical cancer.

Australia has been at the forefront of cervical cancer prevention for decades. Cancer Council researcher Professor Karen Canfell and her team have shown we are now poised to be the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem.

Curing Australia’s national cancer.

Melanoma is often referred to as Australia’s national cancer. Cancer Council funded researcher, Professor Grant McArthur, has dedicated his career to curing this devastating cancer which affects so many Australians.

Preventing and detecting

Leading the world in tobacco control.

Cancer Council researcher Professor Melanie Wakefield is globally recognised for her rigorous population-based and experimental studies which have demonstrated the beneficial outcomes of mass media campaigns and tobacco control policies on smoking behaviour.

Holding the cards to reducing cancer risk.

Cancer Council is working in partnership with world leading researchers like Professor David Whiteman to reduce the impact of cancer on our community by identifying how we can prevent as many cancer cases as possible in Australia.

Working to protect our skin from sun damage.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer experienced by Australians. Cancer Council researcher Dr Suzanne Dobbinson wants to understand how we can change our behaviours to minimise the risk of skin damage from the sun.

Tackling bowel cancer on a national scale.

Professor Karen Canfell and the Cancer Council bowel cancer research team specialise in looking at the big picture – the what, where, when and how of cancer. So when there is a large scale cancer problem that needs to be addressed, like bowel cancer, she is an expert in evaluating the best and most effective action.

Understanding cancer

Understanding the who, what and why of cancer.

Associate Professor Roger Milne heads up the Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study, a future-focussed research program that aims to identify the different roles that our genes, lifestyle and environment play in the development of cancer.

The tiny discovery that had a big impact on cancer research.

Sometimes it is the small things that can make a big difference. For cell biologist Dr Archa Fox, her discovery of a tiny new structure in human cells has led to promising new research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer.

Saving and extending lives

Providing a launch pad for the next generation of research discovery.

Kristof Wing always knew that he wanted to make a difference to people’s lives. With the help of a Cancer Council scholarship, he was able to embark on a career involving research having both positive impacts on preclinical research here and overseas.

Dramatically improving survival for the most common childhood cancer.

Sixty years ago, a diagnosis of leukaemia was nearly always a death sentence for a child. Today, the vast majority of children diagnosed with leukaemia will survive their condition, thanks in part to the amazing work of researchers such as Professor Murray Norris.

Using our immune system to overcome cancer.

Cancer Council funded researchers Professor Philip Darcy and Dr Paul Beavis are at the forefront of a new form of cancer treatment that harnesses the power of a person’s own immune system to recognise, target and eliminate cancer cells.

Improving outcomes after a bone marrow transplant.

Professor David Gottlieb is a world leading expert in cellular therapies for blood cancers like AML. He aims to reduce the complications that are currently involved with bone marrow transplants and improve overall health outcomes.

Supporting those affected

Improving the lives of Australian men living with prostate cancer.

Associate Professor David Smith is leading one of the world’s longest studies into the experiences of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. His research aims to answer important questions around early detection, treatment and ongoing quality of life.

Bridging the cancer care gap for Aboriginal Australians.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death for Aboriginal people, who are 43% more likely to die from the disease than other Australians. Cancer Council researcher Professor Dianne O’Connell is working to understand some of the reasons why.

Helping childhood cancer survivors have a healthy life.

Professor Claire Wakefield is a research psychologist with a passion for helping families impacted by cancer. Her innovative Cancer Council funded program aims to address some of the big challenges associated with life after a cancer diagnosis.

Supporting people with the rollercoaster of a cancer diagnosis.

The experience of individuals and families as they move through their cancer journey has an impact on their overall health outcomes. Dr Anna Boltong previously led the Cancer Council Cancer Information and Support Service (CISS) in Victoria and is working with similar services internationally to ensure that cancer patients receive the best possible support alongside their cancer treatment.

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