CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF CANCER COUNCIL NSW

Thanks to the support of our community, we’ve come a long way and have many reasons to celebrate but we’re not done imagining just yet.
More than ever, we are committed to achieving a cancer-free world.
A world in which 1 in 2 people diagnosed with cancer becomes 2 in 2 people surviving cancer.

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1955

IT STARTS WITH SEVEN

The NSW State Cancer Council is established by an Act of Parliament and its founding seven pioneers take up office.

Read a message from our Chair about how we first began

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The NSW State Cancer Council is established by an Act of Parliament and its founding seven pioneers take up office.

Read a message from our Chair about how we first began

1957

FIRST FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH

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1957

FIRST FUNDS FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Cancer Council NSW funds fifteen research grants totalling £24,500.

Today we invest $14.2 million each year, funding 266 researchers in 77 institutions working on 149 projects.

More info

1976

OUR REGIONAL NETWORKS BEGIN

Cancer Council NSW’s first regional office opens in Newcastle.

Our regional networks now cover all 152 local government areas across the state.

Find a regional office near you

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Cancer Council NSW’s first regional office opens in Newcastle.

Our regional networks now cover all 152 local government areas across the state.

Find a regional office near you

1984

CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS

The call for volunteers goes out and 50 community members show interest.

Currently, more than 32,500 volunteers and community supporters work across every area of our organisation working alongside our staff and within communities.

Interested in being a volunteer?

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The call for volunteers goes out and 50 community members show interest.

Currently, more than 32,500 volunteers and community supporters work across every area of our organisation working alongside our staff and within communities.

Interested in being a volunteer?

1985

SID & SLIP! SLOP! SLAP!

1985

SID & SLIP! SLOP! SLAP!

Launched by Cancer Council Victoria in 1981, the iconic Slip! Slop! Slap! campaign featuring Sid the Seagull screens in NSW for the first time.

Two additional sun-protection messages - Seek! (shade) and Slide! (on sunglasses) - are later added. Research shows that melanoma incidence rates are now falling in those under 45 years of age.

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1985

ANSWERING THE CALL FOR MORE SUPPORT

Specialist cancer professionals begin providing people affected by cancer with free cancer information and emotional support. In its first year, the service received approximately 2,000 calls.

Today, our 13 11 20 Information and Support line supports around 16,000 callers a year.

See all support services

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Specialist cancer professionals begin providing people affected by cancer with free cancer information and emotional support. In its first year, the service received approximately 2,000 calls.

Today, our 13 11 20 Information and Support line supports around 16,000 callers a year.

See all support services

1986

DAFFODIL DAY’S FIRST BLOOM

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1986

DAFFODIL DAY’S FIRST BLOOM

Daffodil Day is introduced in NSW to raise funds for cancer research and patient services.

Today, it’s the largest national fundraising event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, raising over $50 million in NSW alone since it began.

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1988

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AUSTRALIA GETS WISE TO SUNSMART

Cancer Council Victoria and the Victorian Health Promotion
Foundation fund SunSmart, a program to educate Australians
about sun protection.

It’s since been rolled out to childcare services and primary
schools across every state and territory.

More info

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CERVICAL CANCER BREAKTHROUGH

Past president of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Ian Frazer,
and Dr Jian Zhou create a world-first human papilloma virus (HPV)
vaccine. To date, over 6 million doses of the Gardasil vaccine have
been given to girls and young women across the country.

More on cervical cancer

1991

1991

FREE BREAST CANCER SCREENING

The nationally-funded program for the early detection of breast cancer (now known as BreastScreen Australia) launches.

Cancer Council NSW leads the NSW rollout and encourages women aged 50 plus to have a free mammogram every two years.

More on breast cancer screening

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The nationally-funded program for the early detection of breast cancer (now known as BreastScreen Australia) launches.

Cancer Council NSW leads the NSW rollout and encourages women aged 50 plus to have a free mammogram every two years.

More on breast cancer screening

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TRANSPORT ASSISTANCE TO TREATMENT

Transport assistance to treatment is introduced.
Today, Cancer Council NSW helps nearly 6,000 patients and
their carers travel over 620,000 kilometres to treatment annually.

More info

1993

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PUTTING THE KETTLE ON

The first Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is held to
help beat cancer.

In 2014, the annual event raises nearly $12 million
across Australia.

Get involved

1994

1994

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PAP TEST

The NSW Cervical Screening Program is established as part of the
National Cervical Screening Program and is managed by Cancer
Council NSW.

It aims to reduce the incidence and deaths related to cervical cancer
by encouraging women to have pap tests every two years.

More info

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RELAY FOR LIFE

Cancer Council NSW hosts its first Relay For Life
in Campbelltown.

Today, the event is held across Australia in every
state and territory, with more than 134,000
participants raising over $24 million each year.

Get involved

2001

2002

LINKING HRT TO BREAST CANCER

Overseas clinical trials reveal menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with higher risks of breast cancer.

Cancer Council NSW researchers warn GPs and women against the protracted use of HRT after menopause.

More info about HRT

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Overseas clinical trials reveal menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with higher risks of breast cancer.

Cancer Council NSW researchers warn GPs and women against the protracted use of HRT after menopause.

More info about HRT

2006

CLOSING THE GAP IN ABORIGINAL CANCER MORTALITY RATES

Cancer Council NSW creates the Aboriginal Patterns of Cancer Care (APOCC) Project, which explores why the death rate for Aboriginal Australians is more than three times higher than non-Aboriginal Australians and investigates the cancer journeys of Aboriginal people across NSW.

More info

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Cancer Council NSW creates the Aboriginal Patterns of Cancer Care (APOCC) Project, which explores why the death rate for Aboriginal Australians is more than three times higher than non-Aboriginal Australians and investigates the cancer journeys of Aboriginal people across NSW.

More info

2006

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FUNDING TO FIGHT PANCREATIC CANCER

Cancer Council NSW provides foundational funding to a team
examining pancreatic cancer.

Since then, the team has leveraged a further $70 million to
investigate personalised medicine for this high-mortality cancer.

More info on pancreatic cancer

2006

FREE BOWEL CANCER SCREENING

Free bowel cancer screening starts in NSW, with the first phase of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program implemented by the Australian Government.

More info on bowel cancer screening

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Free bowel cancer screening starts in NSW, with the first phase of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program implemented by the Australian Government.

More info on bowel cancer screening

2007

SMOKING BANNED IN PUBS AND CLUBS

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2007

SMOKING BANNED IN PUBS AND CLUBS

Under the lead of Cancer Council NSW, 45,000 people show their support for smoke-free pubs and clubs under the banner Go Smoke-Free Coalition.

As a result, the NSW Government bans smoking in enclosed areas of pubs and clubs from July this year.

More info on tobacco control

2008

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EASIER LABELS FOR HEALTHIER CHOICES

Cancer Council NSW’s consumer research into front-of-pack food
labelling proves the ‘traffic light’ approach is more effective for
consumers to make easier, healthier food choices.

More on food labelling

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(PRO-BONO) POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Cancer Council NSW creates Pro Bono Programs
which are rolled out nationally, providing those
affected by cancer with lawyers, financial planners,
accountants and HR professionals.

To date, 441 professionals have helped over 3,177
patients and their families in NSW.

More info on our Pro Bono Programs

2008

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SMOKE-FREE CARS FOR KIDS

Following continued campaigning by the community
and Cancer Council NSW’s CanAct community, the government
announces it’s an offence to smoke in a car with
children present.

More info on tobacco control

2009

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NATIONAL BOWEL SCREENING CAMPAIGN

Cancer Council NSW launches the national Get Behind
Bowel Screening
campaign and three years later, the
Federal Government commits to expanding the program to more age groups.

More on bowel cancer screening

2009

2012

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PUTTING TOBACCO UNDER WRAPS

A world-first! Cancer Council NSW’s anti-smoking government
submissions contribute to the Australian Government’s announcement
that all tobacco products in Australia must be in plain packaging by
December 2012.

More info on tobacco control

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PUBLIC SMOKING IS ON ITS LAST GASPS

The NSW Government passes legislation to ban smoking
in public areas such as children’s playgrounds, sporting
fields, covered bus shelters and taxi ranks, while a ban on outdoor
dining areas is due to come into effect in 2015.

More info on tobacco control

2012

2013

20-YEAR REPORT REVEALS FEWER CANCER DEATHS

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2013

20-YEAR REPORT REVEALS FEWER CANCER DEATHS

Thanks to the continuing investment into research and treatments, nearly 30% more Australians are alive today who would have otherwise died from cancer over 20 years ago.

Read the report

2014

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2020 VISION FOR BOWEL SCREENING

The Federal Budget announces $96 million worth of funding to
accelerate the implementation of National Bowel
Screening Program
by 2020.

More on bowel cancer screening

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HEALTHY STAR RATING SET TO SOAR

Cancer Council NSW’s study into traffic light labelling
paves the way for the government’s new Health Star
Rating system for food and drinks.

More info

2014

2014

NSW SOLARIUMS SHUT DOWN

Cancer Council NSW puts pressure on the State Government and, as a result, solariums are banned in NSW.

Click here for more info on the outcomes of this action

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Cancer Council NSW puts pressure on the State Government and, as a result, solariums are banned in NSW.

Click here for more info on the outcomes of this action

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KIDNEY CANCER ON THE DECLINE

Cancer Council NSW’s research reveals, for the first time, a
dramatic drop in kidney cancer - particularly in Australian women -
following the late 1970’s ban of popular ‘pick-me-up’ medications
containing phenacetin.

More about this research

2014

2015

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS TOGETHER

We have come a long way and we couldn’t have done it without our community – thank you.

More than ever we need your continued support to help achieve a cancer-free world.

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We have come a long way and we couldn’t have done it without our community – thank you.

More than ever we need your continued support to help achieve a cancer-free world.

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