Reducing cancer risk.
How you’ve made a difference in 2019/20
149,669 people were inspired to create healthy recipes for the whole family by visiting the Healthy Lunch Box website.
Helping golfers stay sun smart
Improve your long game is an important way to reach a high-risk group for skin cancers – men over 40.
In 2019/20, the program ran year-round and grew from 110 clubs to 183 clubs, thanks to a new partnership formed with Golf NSW.Read more
A jagged scar on Stacey’s right leg is a constant reminder of her brush with melanoma.
The 38-year-old mum-of-two was diagnosed with the potentially deadly form of skin cancer in June last year, after she noticed that a small mole on her thigh had changed shape.
Helping cancer patients quit smoking
Quitting smoking is one of the best ways for cancer patients to improve their chances of survival. The benefits of quitting for cancer patients include less complications from treatment, reduced risk of cancer occurrence, improved effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs, and improved post-surgery healing.
Cancer Institute NSW commissioned us to develop and deliver training across cancer centres in NSW, to help staff empower cancer patients to quit smoking. We trained 66 ‘champions’, from across 14 local health districts, as well as our own Cancer Council Liaisons including Kate Pallot, our Liaison based in the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
Keeping our kids safe from e-cigarettes
There is no conclusive evidence that e-cigarettes are effective at helping people quit smoking, and there is also growing evidence of that they pose a health risk to users. Alarming recent Australian data shows an increase in use of e-cigarettes over the past three years, with one in five students aged 16–17 admitting to trying them.
Our youth are becoming nicotine addicted by something that tastes like a lolly.
– Jacqueline Woods, concerned parent
What’s next: Evaluating our flagship SunSmart program
The SunSmart program commenced in NSW primary schools in 2008. Although national studies have proven the impact and effectiveness of the program in Australia, there has been limited research about its effectiveness and implementation in our communities since its launch in NSW. An external research partner will independently evaluate SunSmart in NSW primary schools in 2020/21. The evaluation will determine the extent to which primary schools are implementing the program and utilising program resources, as well as the impact and effectiveness of the program for the NSW Primary School community.
Increasing cancer survival
No one should have to die from cancer. Thanks to you, in 2019/20, we invested $19.8 million into world-class research that is improving the way cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
“If it wasn’t for the Re-engage program, I wouldn’t be here. It changed my life completely – I wish I’d done it sooner.” – Dave Cassar, Childhood cancer survivor
Improving quality of life
Because of your support, no one needs to go through cancer alone – no matter where they live in NSW.
“The financial stress was worse than the stress about dying. Cancer Council helped reimburse me for the petrol I used getting to and from Sydney and helped pay for my accommodation. It 100% took a load off my mind.” – Ryan Channells, father of two
Improving outcomes for priority populations
We know that there are communities experiencing a disproportionate burden of disease and poorer cancer outcomes. You're helping address this.
To help address the burden of tobacco-related cancers among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, we partnered with community for our Tackling Tobacco program, and the 2019 Oceania Tobacco Control Conference.
Who we are
In what’s been a challenging year for many, our commitment to be an Inspirational Place to Volunteer and Work has remained strong.
Over the past year, the delivery of key initiatives has contributed to our employee retention efforts, and we’ve seen our employee voluntary turnover halve in the last five years.