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About cancer


Cancer affects a large number of Australians, both directly and indirectly.

Cancer Council Australia provides credible, up-to-date information about different types of cancer, diagnosis and treatment.

You will also find information about genetic and family history aspects of cancer, help finding a treatment specialist and support for patients, family and carers.

Explore this section:

What is cancer?

We explain what cancer is and how it has affected Australians.
More about what is cancer?

Types of cancer

Detailed information on the different types of cancer.
More about types of cancer

Causes of cancer

There are a number of chemical, physical and biological agents that can cause cancer.
More about causes of cancer

Early detection

It is vitally important to detect cancer early so that treatment is likely to be more effective.
More about early detection

After a diagnosis

Read our fact sheets on how you can cope with a cancer diagnosis.
More about after a diagnosis


Find out about the different benefits and risks involved in cancer treatment.
More about treatment

Find a specialist

Doctors usually specialise in particular types of cancer or areas of treatment.
More about find a specialist

Healthy Living after Cancer program

Getting back to a healthy lifestyle after cancer is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Our Healthy Living after Cancer program offers free health coaching over the phone, with experienced health consultants. The program can help you get active, eat better and feel better, so that you can do more of the things that are important to you.
More about healthy living after cancer program

Online resources

Access other credible online resources about cancer.
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Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about cancer.
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Health professionals

Find evidence-based cancer information for health professionals. Access Cancer Council's clinical guidelines, oncology education and e-learning.
More about health professionals

This page was last updated on: Friday, July 4, 2014

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