About Cancer Council

Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity, working across every aspect of every cancer. Each day, Cancer Council supports families affected by cancer when they need it most. Cancer Council raises funds that are dedicated to improving quality of life for people living with cancer, through research, patient care, prevention and early detection.

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We offer a range of services to support anyone affected by cancer. Our practical support services include providing accommodation and transport to patients and their families who need to travel to receive cancer treatment.

We also provide cancer counselling services and emotional support services. Our 13 11 20 Information and Support line assists thousands of people every day to get the answers, information and advice they need about cancer. We are committed to making cancer information and support accessible to all Australians, regardless of where they live.


Cancer Council is the largest non-government funder of cancer research in Australia. We are committed to conducting and funding world class research which will benefit all Australians. Since the 1980s, cancer survival rates have increased from 49% to 69% today. Every day, we’re working towards a cancer free future and Australia’s brightest and most knowledgeable researchers are helping us get there sooner.


Our vision is for a cancer free future. We develop programs that encourage and empower people to lead healthier lifestyles to reduce their cancer risk. We engage in grant schemes that assist community groups catering to children and young people to build shade structures. We also provide workplaces with the resources they need to encourage their staff to eat healthily to reduce their overall cancer risk. We equip the community with the knowledge they need to prevent cancer.


We work with the community and all levels of government to change laws and policies to reduce cancer risks and improve cancer care. We urge local politicians to take an active interest in our mission to help us shape the future of issues such as smoking laws.