December 2015

Update from CEO, Jim L’Estrange 

jim-lestrange5 December 2015 marked International Volunteer Day.

We currently have over 2,300 regular volunteers and over 27,000 one-off volunteers and I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank every single one of you.

At Cancer Council NSW, our mission is to work with and for the community to beat cancer, and volunteers help make this happen.

Volunteers are involved in every aspect of our work and give so much more than just their time. They provide admin and technical support at our offices; help organise and host many of our community events; work with us to rollout programs and services within local communities; and act as our on-the-ground advocates.

Without their passion, knowledge and insight, we would not be able to work as efficiently or as broadly as we do.

Volunteers motivate us to work collaboratively and help us stay connected to the community. They inspire us to do our best work so that we can make a positive difference to the people and families affected by cancer.

Thank you once again for being a part of Cancer Council NSW and for everything that you do.

Jim L’Estrange

Watch Jim’s video here

Desk Notes from Volunteer Unit Manager, Emma White

Emma White2015 has been a busy year in volunteering at Cancer Council NSW, and I have no doubt it has been a busy year for each of you too.

This year we celebrated the achievements of our volunteers during National Volunteer Week and throughout our 60th birthday celebrations; ran the annual volunteer engagement survey, which led to the launch new initiatives such as the Moodle and online learning platforms; and have launched a number of new volunteer roles to support our programs and services, including in our retail stores and through the Cancer Council NSW and AccorHotels accommodation partnership.

Personally for me, 2015 has been a year of great satisfaction. Each day I have learnt something new, and I have met a new face. Each day I have been constantly amazed by the sheer enormity of the work each of you do for Cancer Council NSW and your passion and commitment to beating cancer.

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you – without you, we couldn’t do what we do.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to working alongside you again in 2016.

Warm regards,

Cancer Council Conversations

Visit Cancer Council NSW’s new blog about everything to do with cancer.

The blog will bring you the latest from experts in the fields of cancer research, prevention and support.

Find out how to help reduce you and your family’s risk of cancer, information about managing cancer and survivorship, our research discoveries and stories from our volunteers and supporters.

Reduce your risk of skin cancer


Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.

Two in three Australians (2 in 3 men and 3 in 5 women) will develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70.

Over 440,000 Australians are treated for skin cancer and more than 2,000 Australians die each year from skin cancer.

But this doesn’t need to be the case. Nearly all skin cancers can be prevented by protecting yourself from the sun and most skin cancers can be cured if they are diagnosed and treated early.

PS Talking about sun exposure, don’t forget about your eyes.


Stay healthy over the holidays

healthy christmas4Let’s face it, most of us will indulge a little over the holidays.

Between Christmas, Boxing Day, the New Year and our summer holidays, keeping good habits can be quite a challenge – but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some of our best recipes for staying healthy over the holiday period.

And here’s a quick vegies quiz.

Regional News

Click here for news from your volunteering Region. 


Each year, Cancer Council NSW provides close to $15 million to support research across Australia.

We’re proud of the research breakthroughs that we’ve helped create.

Thanks to research into cancer prevention, treatment and management, more than 61,000 cancer deaths were averted between 1987 and 2007.

Publications update

UC cervical cancer cover 2The Cancer Information Unit has recently updated the following booklets from the ‘Understanding Cancer‘ series:

Understanding Cervical Cancer

Understanding Stomach and Oesophageal Cancers

Cancer and Your Finances

As with all booklets in the Understanding Cancer series, they have been reviewed by health professionals and people affected by cancer. In addition to information about cancer diagnosis, treatment and side effects, these revised editions include more comprehensive information about each cancer, symptoms, causes and risk factors.

The cervical cancer booklet also covers the new HPV test – which is scheduled to be introduced in May 2017 – while emphasising the importance of continuing to have Pap tests in the meantime.

Cancer Council’s new edition of Cancer and Your Finances explains how people can reduce expenses and find other income after a cancer diagnosis. Amongst other new features, it includes information on how to manage stress, the difference between a financial planner and financial counsellor, and the recent changes to the law regarding early access of superannuation and terminal illness.

Understanding Cancer booklets are available online on our website (click on the ‘Publications’ tab at the top of the home page), or you can order hard copies using the Publications Order Form.

Coping with cancer

Our Coping Toolbox page provides “strategies or ‘tools’ for coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.”Cancer Council NSW can help you cope with cancer. We provide information and support online, in person, and via phone on 13 11 20.

“There is no single best or right way of coping, but having a few different ways may help you feel a greater sense of control and confidence.”

In the news

Meat and cancer. There is now a clear body of evidence that bowel cancer is more common among those who eat the most red and processed meat.

Growing obesity epidemic is overtaking smoking as the new health crisis in NSW. How do you measure up?

“I’m one of a million cancer survivors in Australia, now just being here is worth it.”

Both sexes born today to live into their eighties. Life expectancy for males at birth rose from 80.1 in 2013 to 80.3 last year, while for females it jumped from 84.3 to 84.4.

Backyard sun risk. Half of all sunburn occurs during gardening and chores, recreational reading and barbecues, or picnics in the park, new Cancer Council research reveals.

This dwarfs the 29 per cent of adults sunburnt during activities at the beach, lake or pool, as well as the 21 per cent sunburnt playing sport or in other outdoor recreation. Cancer Council’s current “UV. It all adds up” campaign highlights the importance of protecting your skin during everyday activities.

Staying safe while volunteering … a continuing series

Perth Dip WHS safety first2When working at heights, ensure you always use a ladder and apply the ‘Three Point Contact Rule’ – that is, ensure three parts of your body are in contact with the ladder at all times.

Any questions, contact your supervisor.

New volunteer role in Cancer Council NSW retail stores.

New volunteer role in Cancer Council NSW retail stores.

This summer we’re looking for volunteers with exceptional customer service skills to help spread the word about Cancer Council NSW’s programs, services and fundraising activities in our retail stores across Sydney and Newcastle.
If you or anyone you know is interested in gaining experience in the retail sector and can spare a couple of hours a week, please get in touch with Antonia Mansour on

Contact us

Email or call 13 11 20 for all volunteer enquries.

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To contact any of the Cancer Council NSW Regional Offices click on the link.