Message from our CEO

Jeff Mitchell Cancer Counicl NSW CEOAt Cancer Council, we’re here every minute, every hour, every day for Australians affected by cancer.

Every day, we are working towards a cancer free future and cancer research is a key priority in this journey. We know we need to find out more about cancer to unlock the answers and find solutions.

Cancer Council funds more research than any other non-government organisation in Australia. Here in
New South Wales, we invest about $15 million each year into research, across the whole cancer journey.

This is only possible thanks to the incredible generosity of our community. We are more than 95% community funded and our volunteers, donors, partners and supporters get behind our cause and enable us to do this life-changing work.

Our knowledge about cancer has come a long way. Based on our understanding of how cancers behave and thrive, there are many new and more targeted treatments in the pipeline. These bring hope for better patient outcomes with fewer side effects.

Survival rates have improved significantly in the last 20-30 years. The five-year survival rate for two of our most common cancers, breast and prostate, is now over 90% in Australia.

We know there is still a long way to go. Every year in New South Wales alone, 48,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed and the impact on families, carers and communities is significant. It’s vital that we continue to push forward. This year’s Research Highlights Report is a celebration of our most recent achievements.

Jeff Mitchell
Chief Executive Officer