THE CAUSE

Every year, more than 33,000 Victorians are diagnosed with cancer.

By becoming one of Cancer Council’s Walking Stars, you’re preventing cancer, empowering patients and saving lives. Every dollar raised makes a real difference by funding vital research, prevention programs and support services.

 

Saving lives through research

Every year, about $60 million is invested throughout the country in life-saving cancer research at Cancer Council and in leading Australian hospitals, universities and research institutions. The Forgotten Cancers Program funds research and advocates for more investment in less common and high mortality cancers to improve survival rates.

Our Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study is investigating the causes of cancer and how to prevent it. More than 50,000 Australians have now completed the questionnaire and supplied blood and saliva samples. We’re excited for the next stage of the project.

 

 

Prevention programs

With a third of cancers preventable through lifestyle choices, education programs are powerful life-savers. The iconic SunSmart program is protecting two million Aussie kids from UV rays, and the Quit campaign has more than halved the adult smoking rate in Victoria since 1995 – sitting at 10.7% today.

67% of Australians are overweight and at higher risk of developing 13 cancers, so we’re empowering people to make healthier choices through LiveLighter. Our Rethink Sugary Drink campaign aims to educate Australians on the alarming amount of sugar found in soft drinks, sports drinks and flavoured milk.

 

 

Support services

On 13 11 20, our experienced cancer nurses provide reliable information and compassionate support, so no one has to face cancer alone. We connect people with a wide range of emotional and practical services including peer support groups, free wigs, holiday breaks, financial and legal advice and more.

Each year, our cancer nurses answer about 41,000 calls so Australians can get the support they need.

 

 

Jane's story

 

For Walking Stars 2018, Jane was determined to break the “yucky” stigma associated with bowel cancer. Her team, Jane’s Woodend Wanderers, proudly sported their custom-made poo-emoji tees.

While she has fun with the topic where she can, Jane shared that her experience with bowel cancer was hard both emotionally and physically. Jane’s family were her ultimate source of strength throughout her diagnosis and treatment, and she also utilised Cancer Council’s support services

“I called the nurses on 13 11 20 a few times. They always had really practical advice on hand which was really good as a cancer patient,” said Jane.

“After speaking with the nurses and reading the brochures, we talked to our kids about cancer in age-appropriate ways. It helped demystify cancer and make it less scary.” 

Read more about Jane’s story.