Cancer in the News

Tobacco: Fatal levels of nicotine

23 October 2020

Tens of thousands of illegal e-cigarette devices and liquids containing nicotine have been seized by state authorities – and many contain the substance at fatal levels. Poisons information lines are receiving dozens of calls about nicotine poisoning ... more

Medical and Scientific: Hospital visitor bans multiply heartache

22 October 2020

Cancer and palliative care support groups say it is deeply troubling that many Victorian hospitals are enforcing tougher visiting rules than required by the government. ‘‘We are hearing multiple cases from distressed carers who are calling us to say ... more

Medical and Scientific: New unit for Bay

21 October 2020

Above Hervey Bay Hospital’s emergency department is an entire floor which is not yet in use. One Nation candidate for Hervey Bay, Damian Huxham, says if elected, he will fight for the area to be turned into an oncology unit. He said “After seeing fir... more

Medical and Scientific: Gut link to prostate cancer

21 October 2020

Men with inflammatory bowel disease may need extra checks for prostate cancer. Research published in the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases analysed international data and found that those with conditions including Crohn’s disease and ulc... more

Medical and Scientific: Firm rejects breast cancer drug subsidy

21 October 2020

Terminally ill breast cancer patients will have to pay $1600 a month for a lifesaving treatment, after the drug company rejected a government subsidy. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca was granted a subsidy for its drug Faslodex in July through the ... more

Medical and Scientific: Dexus expands health exposure

21 October 2020

Office heavyweight Dexus has flagged a significant push into healthcare property and has teamed with its specialist fund to snap up the Australian Bragg Centre in Adelaide from private developer Commercial & General for $446.2m. Dexus joined with... more

Medical and Scientific: COVID in kid cancer ward

20 October 2020

Authorities say it’s unclear how a child in the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital’s oncology ward contracted COVID-19. Victoria’s Health Minister Martin Foley said on Monday it appeared the child had low levels of infection and tests were being und... more

Research: Living in the shade on skin cancer risks

20 October 2020

Up to one in four Queenslanders significantly underestimate their risk of developing potentially deadly melanoma, a study has found. Those at highest risk – people aged over 65, of European ancestry, with high numbers of moles and fair skin – are wor... more

Skin Cancer: Kids get slappy happy

20 October 2020

Primary school students will slip, slop and slap their way through spring thanks to an online learning program. Generation SunSmart teaches Victorian educators about sun protection and saw enrolments soar during lockdown with registrations more than ... more

Medical and Scientific: Longer lives without more quality living

19 October 2020

A baby born in Australia today is expected to live six years longer than its parents — but poor health would reduce the quality of the time gained, research has revealed. The latest findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in the B... more

Medical and Scientific: Doctors demand an easing of restrictions

17 October 2020

A group of more than 500 Victorian doctors has urged Premier Daniel Andrews to end current lockdown restrictions and abandon mandatory wearing of face masks and a 5km limit on movement when he announces the next step of easing on Sunday. The group, c... more

Medical and Scientific: Early checks save lives

15 October 2020

Juggling family stresses, bills and COVID pressure – Australians are ignoring their midlife health checks which experts warn can save them from the nation’s leading illnesses. Doctors and health experts warn that people in their 40s and 50s are faili... more

Medical and Scientific: Aussie breakthrough aiming to tear down cancer ‘shield’

14 October 2020

Scientists have invented a drug they hope could be a “gamechanger” for the treatment of pancreatic cancer by breaking down a fibrous “shield” around cancer cells that makes them resistant to treatment. The drug, known as AMP945, is set to be trialled... more

Alcohol: A drink a day keeps the doctor in play

13 October 2020

Drinking one alcoholic beverage per day has been found to increase the risk of liver cancer by 48 per cent in people over 45, according to new research. A recent study conducted by Cancer Council NSW and published in the British Journal of Cancer has... more

Medical and Scientific: Breast checks key to survival

13 October 2020

Northern Territory women are being urged to learn about prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, a condition one in seven will get by age 85. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and doctors and health experts are urging people to g... more

Medical and Scientific: Kids need to be sunnies smart

13 October 2020

Get your kids to wear sunglasses. That’s the message from eye experts who say that Australian children could fall prey to a host of vision impairments if they neglect sun protection. Growths on the eye tissue such as pterygium and pingecula, cancers ... more

Tobacco: Stub out habit for good

13 October 2020

Smokers could be forced to buy cigarettes from pharmacies or even need a prescription to get their hands on them as part of a bold new aim to stub out the unhealthy habit for good. The restriction of cigarette sales will be among the strategies explo... more

Skin Cancer: Influencers still seeking killer tans

12 October 2020

Sydney’s “beautiful people” are risking skin cancer by using secret solariums — despite them being illegal since 2014. They were banned due to their shockingly high levels of radiation, but solarium “speakeasies” still flourish, with one offering eig... more

Research: Deadly cancer genes found

12 October 2020

Melbourne researchers have discovered three genes linked to aggressive forms of prostate cancer. The breakthrough has raised hopes of a test to identify men who are most at risk and shed some light on the behaviour of a disease that kills about 60 Au... more

Alcohol: Study highlights drink link to cancer risk

12 October 2020

Just seven standard drinks a week can increase the chance of getting cancer by 10 per cent for those aged over 45, a major study has found. The Cancer Council NSW study of more than 226,000 Australians found alcohol was directly linked to the risk of... more

Medical and Scientific: Dying women told NO for a third time

12 October 2020

A terminal cancer patient has had her request to quarantine with her Queensland family rejected for a third time, even after producing evidence from her doctors that her terminal skin cancer made her a high health risk for hotel quarantine. The state... more

Medical and Scientific: Lab grows mini-brains

12 October 2020

Scientists are growing real human mini-brains to test possible cures for childhood brain cancer. The Children’s Cancer Research Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, is turning stem cells into human brain cells, which are then given br... more

Medical and Scientific: Proteomics’ cancer test bid

12 October 2020

Perth medi-tech company Proteomics is about to begin developing an improved diagnostic method for the most common form of oesophageal cancer. Proteomics has partnered with Brisbane-based QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to deliver the detect... more

Research: Experts baffled by private v public prostate cancer therapy

12 October 2020

Men seeking treatment for prostate cancer in Australia’s private health system are much more likely to have radical treatment than their peers in the public system, according to a study in Victoria. The results, published in the Medical Journal of Au... more

Tobacco: Smoke alarm no match for exempt casinos

12 October 2020

The NSW government has defended its decision to exempt Crown’s forthcoming Sydney casino from certain smoking regulations, as anti-smoking campaigners accused the casino operator of putting profits ahead of the health and safety of workers and patron... more

Medical and Scientific: Long wait for surgery

09 October 2020

Breast cancer patients could face long wait times for reconstructions due to restrictions on elective surgeries, a support organisation says. Following the COVID outbreak, Breast Cancer Network Australia surveyed more than 2300 Australians diagnosed ... more

Medical and Scientific: Downturn in testing

09 October 2020

COVID-19 restrictions resulted in a significant downturn of Australians going for breast and cervical cancer screening tests in the first half of 2020, a new report has found. While more than 70,000 mammograms were performed in Australia in March 202... more

Medical and Scientific: Hidden health cost of COVID

09 October 2020

More than half a million Australians have been pushed back on elective surgery waiting lists due to the COVID pandemic. In Victoria, waiting lists have blown out by a massive 40 per cent, with 56,039 people waiting for surgery. As a result of the ear... more

Medical and Scientific: Vulnerable Victorians suffering

09 October 2020

Sick and vulnerable Victorians have become “collateral impacts” of COVID19, according to an expert. Associate Professor Kate Burbury, a haematologist and chief medical officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, says many Victorians have been left ... more

Research: Move to moderate

09 October 2020

Moderate exercise can be just as effective as high-intensity training to keep older adults healthy, new research in the British Medical Journal shows. Research led by Norwegian University of science and Technology researcher Dorthe Stensvold, and pub... more

Tobacco: Calls for a total ban on smoking

09 October 2020

Peak health charities are for the first time publicly calling for designated smoking areas in pubs and clubs to be phased out by the State Government. The Heart Foundation Queensland and Cancer Council Queensland are urging the incoming Queensland go... more

Medical and Scientific: Alarm over screening test drops

08 October 2020

The pandemic may claim more lives as collateral damage as people put off having potentially life-saving cancer screening tests, experts warn. Data released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed between January and June there ... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer fears follow shock COVID data

08 October 2020

Tens of thousands of Queensland women missed out on lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings in the early half of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The worrying data, released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, has spar... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer screening rates plummet 98% in a month due to pandemic

08 October 2020

Lifesaving cancer screening tests have plummeted in Australia during the coronavirus pandemic, fuelling fears of a surge in delayed diagnoses and avoidable deaths. A stark new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on the impact of ... more

Medical and Scientific: Collapse in breast cancer screening

08 October 2020

The coronavirus epidemic led to a collapse in the number of women having life-saving tests for cancer, according to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data. "While more than 70,000 mammograms were performed in March 2020, this fell to around ... more

Medical and Scientific: COVID not a lone danger

08 October 2020

The intense focus on the coronavirus throughout 2020 has distracted from other medical issues — some of them extremely serious. Additionally, lockdowns and concerns over contracting or spreading the coronavirus have led many to postpone or cancel imp... more

Medical and Scientific: Fears of cancer surge

08 October 2020

Testing numbers for some of Australia’s most common cancers rapidly declined during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting Australia could have a cancer storm on its hands. Experts are concerned without early detection and regul... more

Medical and Scientific: Testing time for cancer screening

08 October 2020

Tests for common cancers plummeted during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, raising fears that Australia could have a cancer storm brewing. There were more than 70,000 mammograms for breast cancer screening in March but the number fell to... more

Medical and Scientific: Ovarian cancer drug subsidy

07 October 2020

The world’s largest maker of healthcare products will have to pay out more than $140m to settle lawsuits over claims that its baby powder caused cancer. Johnson & Johnson has agreed to the payout to resolve more than 1000 lawsuits after four year... more

Medical and Scientific: Fake tumours new tool to beat cancer

07 October 2020

A lab-grown tumour could hold the key to testing and improving treatments for women with ovarian cancer. An international team of researchers has created a 3D model of the deadly cancer outside the body which can re-create how tumour cells grow. It’s... more

Medical and Scientific: Big cancer compo bill

07 October 2020

The world’s largest maker of healthcare products will have to pay out more than $140m to settle lawsuits over claims that its baby powder caused cancer. Johnson & Johnson has agreed to the payout to resolve more than 1000 lawsuits after four year... more

Medical and Scientific: Bristol to pay $18b in heart drug push

07 October 2020

Bristol-Myers Squibb says it will buy biotech MyoKardia in a $US13.1bn ($18.2bn) deal aimed at expanding the cancer-drug powerhouse’s line-up of heart drugs. The all-cash deal would snag MyoKardia’s promising experimental heart drug, which if approve... more

Medical and Scientific: Healthy handout

07 October 2020

Victoria will receive $50m for a new state-of-the-art melanoma centre at The Alfred hospital, to give cancer patients world-first access to new treatments. The Victorian Melanoma and Clinical Trials Centre is expected to be treating patients by 2022.... more

Medical and Scientific: High cost of ovarian cancer drug slashed

07 October 2020

Women with advanced ovarian cancer will be able to obtain a subsidised drug treatment for only $41 a script as part of $375.5m allocated in the budget towards listing medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Lynparza, also known as olaparib, ... more

Medical and Scientific: Kidults on parents’ cover until aged 31

07 October 2020

Young Australians will be able to stay on their parents’ private health insurance until they turn 31 under a measure designed to prop up ailing health funds. And the number of Medicare-funded mental health consultations accessible to Australians will... more

Medical and Scientific: Ovarian cancer drug listed on PBS

07 October 2020

Hundreds of patients with ovarian cancer are being given affordable access to a groundbreaking drug that was previously restricted to those who had failed conventional treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy. Lynparza, which costs more than $140... more

Treatment: Medicines added to PBS list

06 October 2020

People suffering from liver cancer, a range of eye conditions and Parkinson’s disease will save thousands on medication bills under changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. More than $230 million will be dedicated to expanding the scheme as par... more

Medical and Scientific: Research and jobs hit in university cash crunch

06 October 2020

Research on cures for heart disease, stroke, cancer, brain injury and motor neurone disease are being paused or cancelled and key researchers are losing their jobs, as the university revenue crunch starts to bite into science. Scientists say the dama... more

Medical and Scientific: Breath test for cancer

06 October 2020

The ability to use a person’s breath analysis for rapid and accurate early-stage testing for cancer has taken a leap forward. Flinders University researchers have progressed a method to test exhaled breath, which accurately identified head and neck c... more

Research: Genetic testing suggests alternative treatments

06 October 2020

A life-saving program has used genetic testing to find treatments that shrink or stabilise aggressive tumours in children with rare cancers. Research on the ZERO Childhood Cancer program, published in Nature Medicine today, found the testing of the g... more

Treatment: Liver cancer treatment gets PBS funding

06 October 2020

Australia will become the first country in the world to publicly fund a new combination treatment for a deadly form of liver cancer in a $230 million promise in Tuesday’s federal budget. The commitment will expand the listing, Tecentriq and Avastin, ... more

Tobacco: Busting myth of ‘harmless’ e-cigarettes

02 October 2020

E-cigarette users are three times more likely to take up conventional smoking than those who don’t vape, a new report suggests. The study led by Australian National University, in collaboration with University of Melbourne researchers, also found ex-... more

Medical and Scientific: Medicines caught in dock dispute

01 October 2020

Breast cancer treatments and antibiotics are among more than 25 containers of vital medicines stuck on ships off Australia’s coast that can’t be unloaded due to industrial action on the wharves. Dennis Bastas, the chief of Australia’s biggest medicin... more

Medical and Scientific: Medicines ‘at risk’ in port crisis

01 October 2020

Cancer physicians and pharmaceutical companies have raised concerns the crisis on the waterfront could result in drug shortages as talks between the parties over a peace deal drag on. Patrick Stevedores and the Maritime Union of Australia were locked... more

Medical and Scientific: New breast cancer hope

01 October 2020

Breast cancer will overtake prostate cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia this year. And without more money for research, 30,000 women will die of the cancer in the next decade, new calculations from the National Breast Cancer Fo... more

Research: Evidence vaping is ‘a gateway to conventional smoking’

01 October 2020

Vaping is a “gateway” to conventional smoking with those using e-cigarettes three times as likely to take up tobacco, a new study reveals. Lead researcher and epidemiologist Emily Banks said there was “insufficient evidence” that vaping could help sm... more

Tobacco: Vaping as a way to quit cigarettes up in smoke

30 September 2020

Using e-cigarettes triples the chance of a non-smoker taking up cigarettes, research shows. An Australian National University report released today found there was “insufficient” evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, bolstering concerns that ... more

Medical and Scientific: Dock and a hard place

30 September 2020

Anthony Albanese has refused to condemn a wharfies go-slow delaying medical supplies bound for Sydney as cancer specialists warn the stoush will have a “shocking” impact on patients. It has been argued the Maritime Union of Australia’s industrial act... more

Medical and Scientific: Twins take on cancer

30 September 2020

Melbourne twins are taking part in a new Australian study which aims to draw on the closeness of twins to identify factors in early life that may predict the wider risk of breast cancer. By using twins’ matching DNA and their shared upbringings as a ... more

Research: ‘No benefit’ to radiotherapy after prostate surgery

30 September 2020

Thousands of men could be spared the ordeal of having radiotherapy after surgery for prostate cancer, scientists said last night. The treatment is used to eradicate cancer cells and to try to ensure tumours do not return. But research published in Th... more

Research: Whistleblowers lift lid on tobacco loophole

30 September 2020

Former employees of the Australian tobacco industry have revealed how it uses a loophole in the law to give incentives to retailers and drive sales. They told researchers how the loophole enables tobacco companies to engage in relationship marketing ... more

Medical and Scientific: High hopes but medics still mull over drug buzz

29 September 2020

The Australian Natural Therapeutic Group facility, near Armidale, is about to start producing medicinal cannabis oil on a commercial scale – the first such manufacturing licence granted in the state. The company’s chief executive, Matthew Cantelo, sa... more

Research: Worry over tongue cancer rates in young people

29 September 2020

There has been an alarming rise in the number of young people, particularly women, being diagnosed with tongue cancer, a disease predominantly found in older men with a history of smoking or heavy drinking. Researchers from the cancer hospital Chris ... more

Medical and Scientific: Computers for cancer

28 September 2020

A Silicon Valley software company is developing a blood test that uses machine algorithms to detect more than 50 types of cancers. The American biotech giant Illumina has announced an $8bn deal to purchase the Grail liquid biopsy, due to hit the mark... more

Medical and Scientific: Boost for cancer patients

28 September 2020

Blood cancer patients will have better access to lifelong treatments and more tailored support as part of a multimillion dollar boost in next month’s Federal Budget. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today commit more than $600,000 to the Leukaemia Foun... more

Medical and Scientific: ‘Perplexing’ rise in tongue cancer among young women

28 September 2020

Researchers have detected an alarming rise in tongue cancers among young Australian women who have none of the known risk factors for the potentially deadly condition. Tongue cancers have increased 385 per cent over 32 years in women aged from their ... more

Medical and Scientific: Radiation limit to time on the Moon

28 September 2020

As the US prepares to return humans to the Moon this decade, one of the biggest dangers future astronauts will face is space radiation, which can cause lasting health effects from cataracts to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Though the Apollo ... more

Medical and Scientific: Specialist nurses in short supply as training options widen

28 September 2020

New training opportunities are regularly being introduced for nurses, amid severe worker shortages in every area of speciality. McGrath Foundation chief executive Holly Masters says there is a dire shortage of breast cancer nurses. Before COVID-19, t... more

Medical and Scientific: Targeting big health challenges

28 September 2020

A new partnership combining research, clinical care and a drive for innovation aims to address some of the greatest health challenges of our time. The Adelaide Health Innovation Partnership brings together the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (C... more

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition: A lazy nation killing itself

28 September 2020

Laziness is killing tens of thousands of Australians a year and costing the health system $4.5 billion annually. But the good news is one in every six deaths is preventable, and tens of thousands of Australians could avoid dying from our biggest kill... more

Research: Blank checks health fear

28 September 2020

A massive drop in patients presenting at hospital emergency departments has raised fears people may be neglecting serious health checks because of the pandemic. But researchers believe the fall also is a sign that isolation may have led to fewer inju... more

Tobacco: Teen vaping health alert

25 September 2020

One in five young people have tried or used e-cigarettes in the past 12 months, prompting renewed calls for stricter laws on illegal nicotine sales. Quit Victoria is leading a push for tighter laws to protect youths from buying e-liquids and cigarett... more

Tobacco: Pharmacy-only e-cigarette decision slammed

24 September 2020

Retailers, convenience store owners and “smoke-free” advocates have blasted the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s interim decision to allow Australians to buy nicotine-based e-cigarettes from pharmacies if they have a script from their doctor. The T... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugar, spice and not all that nice

24 September 2020

Baby foods are hiding nasty sugars and misleading parents who think they’re healthy, according to a study. Research by the Cancer Council Victoria has found baby foods are using packaging and health-focused names to spruik products that are full of p... more

Tobacco: Retailer fury at vape pharmacy sale plan

23 September 2020

Retailers have urged the Morrison government to scrap its plan to sell vaping products in pharmacies with a prescription, warning the “deliberate exclusion” of small businesses from selling the “less harmful” products was “unconscionable, illogical a... more

Tobacco: Prescription e-cigarettes get green light

23 September 2020

Australians will be able to buy nicotine-based e-cigarettes at chemists with a script from their doctor, under an interim decision made by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. The proposal, which will be open to public consultation before a final de... more

Tobacco: Effect is plain to see for smokers

23 September 2020

Plain packaging has moved smokers to buy cheaper cigarettes – and to consume more of them. As a result, James Cook University researchers are calling for cigarette price increases. Head of Economics and Marketing Riccardo Welters said plain packaging... more

Research: Below the belt study vital

23 September 2020

Despite bladder cancer being equal to malignant melanoma as a cause of death for West Australians and prostate being the most common cancer in men, Fiona Stanley Hospital urological surgeon Dickon Hayne says “below the belt” cancers continued to be o... more

Tobacco: Teens’ vaping health horror

23 September 2020

Students as young as 13 are suffering from severe vomiting and others report chronic bouts of diarrhoea caused by an alarming spike of vaping in high schools. Medical experts have revealed some teens are ingesting as much nicotine contained in a pack... more

Research: Cancer return cut by a quarter

22 September 2020

A new treatment for patients with a common type of breast cancer has cut the risk of recurrence by a quarter, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown. The treatment involves patients taking the drug abemaciclib along with horm... more

Medical and Scientific: Pandemic kick-starts cancer care

22 September 2020

Cancer has become one of the first diseases to show how medicine will benefit from COVID-19. The pandemic has significantly disrupted cancer care, but as the model has been shaken up good ideas have fallen out. Cancer Australia yesterday published a ... more

Tobacco: Plain packets up in smoke

22 September 2020

New research suggests that plain packaging — banning colours, logos, and trademarks from product packaging, and replacing them with health warnings — might actually lead smokers to buy more cigarettes. In a study published today in the journal Nature... more

Research: Miracle drug for lung cancer

21 September 2020

People with lung cancer have been given hope following a major breakthrough involving Australian researchers. A promising wonder drug, Lorlatinib, has just been tested in an international trial for patients newly diagnosed with ALKpositive Non-Small ... more

Tobacco: Twiggy ciggie report – savings beat costs

21 September 2020

Banning the sale of tobacco to anyone under 21 in Tasmania would cost the small to medium business sector up to $1.5m a year, an economist has found. However, the report — commissioned by anti-smoking advocate Andrew “ Twiggy” Forrest — suggests the ... more

Research: Cancer patients alert

18 September 2020

Cancer patients are more likely to die of their disease if they use common antacids at the same time as immunotherapies, a groundbreaking Australian study, published in the Journal of Clinical Cancer Research has found. Flinders University researcher... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer testing rates for cancer drops

16 September 2020

Pathology testing rates for conditions such as cancer has fallen by more than 10 per cent in the ACT due to the coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts have said they're alarmed by figures that reveal testing rates remain down in 2020 compared to the s... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer won’t wait for COVID-19 to end, experts warn

15 September 2020

COVID-19 is thought to be the first disease in the modern era to disrupt cancer services in Australia as fears over coronavirus turned people away from check-ups and surgery. At its height the pandemic drastically reduced cancer services with the eff... more

Medical and Scientific: Virus fears led to dramatic drop in cancer diagnoses

15 September 2020

The diagnosis and treatment of three of the most common cancers plummeted with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a review of Medicare data by Cancer Australia has found. Concerned that people were delaying medical screening and treatment, Cancer Au... more

Skin cancer: Playing it safe in the sun

15 September 2020

The sun’s out and so is the skin cancer message for NSW schoolkids. Children will be taught how their choices at a young age could help them avoid skin cancer as part of an updated program being rolled out in the state’s schools from Tuesday. The “no... more

Tobacco: Park and breathe

15 September 2020

Inner Melbourne’s newest park is set to be smoke-free when it opens later this year. A City of Melbourne survey has found overwhelming support for a smoking ban at Market Street Park in the CBD. Nearing completion, the park runs between Collins Stree... more

Tobacco: Financial worries a reason to change

14 September 2020

Burglaries, low profit margins and hefty licence and insurance costs are key reasons Tasmanian retailers give up selling cigarettes, a study has found. The Department of Health study found that financial rather than ethical concerns were the most com... more

Medical and Scientific: Fear can be killer

14 September 2020

Victorian men are skipping potentially lifesaving cancer tests because they fear catching COVID in doctors’ clinics and hospitals. Royal Melbourne Hospital gastroenterologist Andrew Metz said fewer men were doing bowel screen tests at home and going ... more

Medical and Scientific: Wonder drug puts Jaxon on his feet

14 September 2020

Jaxon Hach was given just months to live after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Genetic testing showed Jaxon, who was diagnosed with cancer aged 18 months, had a mutation where a piece of the chromosome containing a gene called NTRK breaks off a... more

Medical and Scientific: Doctors warn over lack of screening

14 September 2020

The nation’s leading doctor and pathology groups have raised the alarm that healthcare services face being overwhelmed in coming years as people who have delayed vital screening checks due to the coronavirus pandemic present for treatment. Over 30 ma... more

Medical and Scientific: Men told: take bowel cancer test

14 September 2020

Victorian men are being urged to screen themselves for bowel cancer, with two thirds of eligible men passing up the chance for lifesaving detection. Cancer Council Victoria screening program manager Kate Broun said people spending more time at home p... more

Tobacco: Target on cigs sales

14 September 2020

With 560 Tasmanians needlessly dying as a result of smoking each year, advocates for increasing the age for buying cigarettes say the state has “nothing to lose and everything to gain”. Despite Tasmania leading the way in smoking restrictions, tobacc... more

Medical and Scientific: Tattoos left in the past

11 September 2020

Pinprick ink dots for breast cancer radiotherapy are now a thing of the past, thanks to new technology. At present in South Australia, virtually all breast cancer patients get several small tattoos to help the radiation therapist deliver treatment to... more

Tobacco: Anti-smoking funds plummet as hard evidence grows

10 September 2020

Spending on anti-smoking public health campaigns has plummeted over the past decade as health experts say Australia risks losing its momentum on tobacco control. The article in the journal Public Health Research & Practice calculates that spendin... more

Medical and Scientific: Dying cells in cancer battle

10 September 2020

An ambitious bid to hunt and destroy cancer tumours – using their own decay as a scent to land a lethal blow – has started on patients at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The APOMAB technology uses antibodies which home in on a specific protein given off... more

Medical and scientific: Applause for Suda cancer treatment

09 September 2020

Shares in Perth-based Suda Pharmaceuticals have soared after the company announced it had received an Australian patent for its cancer treatment. Suda has repurposed the drug Anagrelide, a blood disorder medication, to treat certain solid tumour canc... more

Medical and Scientific: Doctor raises $47K for cancer research

07 September 2020

A Rockhampton doctor has been recognised for his work contributing to cancer research. The Australasian GastroIntestinal Trials Group’s fundraiser of the year award was given to medical oncologist Matthew Burge for his raising money for gastrointesti... more

Medical and Scientific: Zero blood-cancer deaths by 2035 is the new target

07 September 2020

An action plan to help Australia reach zero blood-cancer deaths by 2035 is set to be backed by government, in the hope it will accelerate help for the silent pandemic. It comes as new figures show blood cancer is diagnosed in Australia every 31 minut... more

Medical and Scientific: Confusion on cancer screening in regions

07 September 2020

Cross-border community members living just inside Victoria say they are being shut out of breast cancer screening services, despite SA Health claiming they are still welcome. Two women were told the closest breast screening service available was in H... more

Health Services: Keeping the fight front and centre

07 September 2020

WA cancer patients who previously had to travel across Perth for care will be able to access the State’s first private “one-stop shop” early next year. Hollywood Private Hospital will open a radiation oncology centre alongside established services, i... more

Medical and Scientific: Bequests boost UTAS kids cancer research

07 September 2020

Groundbreaking cancer research technology acquired by the University of Tasmania will position the state as a medical leader, scientists say. The Cytek Aurora flow cytometer will allow Tasmanian scientists to more than triple their capacity to unders... more

Medical and Scientific: One-way traffic to jail

07 September 2020

Illicit drug users who turn to trafficking will likely go to jail, warns one of South Australia’s most experienced judges, who has denounced the ubiquitous and serious societal problem. A Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia spokeswoman said was... more

Medical and Scientific: Shell-shocked Victorians count cost of lockdown

07 September 2020

Half of Victoria has been left mentally scarred by the strict lockdown, with higher levels of depression and anxiety among the young, exclusive new polling reveals. Polling of over 1000 Victorians by research firm Dynata for the Institute of Public A... more

Tobacco: Smoke ban would need inmate support

07 September 2020

As the ACT government rolled out its comprehensive outlook for improving the health and welfare of prisoners, one persistent problem within the Canberra prison system was unaddressed: smoking. The ACT and Western Australia are the only jurisdictions ... more

Medical and Scientific: Unlock access for sick Tasmanians

04 September 2020

Tasmania is the only jurisdiction that has not agreed to participate in the Special Access Scheme through the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Instead, Tasmania administers a Controlled Access Scheme. Under the Controlled Access Scheme, any pa... more

Research: Bee venom kills cancer: study

03 September 2020

Bee venom is effective in killing aggressive breast cancer cells, a new Australian study, published in Nature Precision Oncology journal has found. Results revealed the venom — from honeybees sourced in Western Australia, England and Ireland — rapidl... more

Medical and Scientific: Spotlight shines on blood cancer

03 September 2020

September marks Blood Cancer Awareness Month and the Leukaemia Foundation is warning Australians that diagnoses are on the rise. According to the Foundation, diagnoses for one of Australia’s most common and deadly types of cancer have risen 38 per ce... more

Tobacco: MP backs vaping to help smokers quit

01 September 2020

A state Coalition MP has called for his own government to legalise vaping by allowing the sale of nicotine e-cigarette liquid in NSW. Michael Johnsen has launched an online petition calling for the state government to legislate in favour of vaping to... more

Medical and Scientific: The ‘orphan’ cancer that kills so many there are few survivors

01 September 2020

Pancreatic cancer has long been an orphan disease, orphaned because it is so deadly there is no army of survivors to advocate for it. It’s estimated that this year 3933 Australians will be diagnosed with this cancer and 3300 will die of it. ‘‘We reco... more

Medical and Scientific: Biopsy discovery

28 August 2020

An innovative technique to improve cancer treatments using tumour biopsies less than 30 minutes after they’re taken has been developed by the University of Queensland. The cutting-edge technique was developed after researchers found fresh biopsies re... more

Occupation and Environment: I hope this helps more people

28 August 2020

A Perth woman has been awarded more than $1 million in damages from James Hardie Industries’ compensation fund in the first West Australian mesothelioma case to run to judgment since 2011. The case marks a major victory for WA mesothelioma sufferers,... more

Public Health: Cancer could be hidden killer of pandemic

27 August 2020

Doctors who fear a spike of cancer deaths could be a legacy of the pandemic are urging West Australians not to stay away from their GP or hospital. A drop in the number of people attending health appointments has prompted warnings that deaths from ca... more

Medical & Scientific: Widow wins a battle for access to health records

27 August 2020

SA Health has been ordered to hand over medical documents to the wife of a man who died following a cancer misdiagnosis – 14 months after his family started its battle to access the records. Lynda Burg, of Brahma Lodge, sought information relating to... more

Tobacco: Quit while you’re in iso

26 August 2020

While many Aussies have turned to unhealthy habits to get them through COVID, smokers are using it as an opportunity to finally boot tobacco. Quit smoking resources have recorded big spikes since March, with either coronavirus itself or its many impl... more

Medical and Scientific: Ovarian cancer fund fail

26 August 2020

An early detection test for ovarian cancer would save the lives of more than 8000 Australian women in the next decade, however research funding has fallen fatally behind other diseases. A landmark report into the state of ovarian cancer in Australia ... more

Research: Fat can kill cancer cells

25 August 2020

A fat attack may be the way to beat prostate cancer. Landmark research at the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), University of Adelaide and the Freemasons Centre for Male Health and Wellbeing found prostate cancer cells can be stopped... more

Medical and Scientific: Let’s win this cancer battle

25 August 2020

An early detection test for ovarian cancer would save the lives of more than 8000 Australian women in the next decade, however research funding has fallen fatally behind other diseases. A landmark report into the state of ovarian cancer in Australia ... more

Research: Child cancers hasten ageing

25 August 2020

Having cancer as a child or young adult can accelerate the ageing process by about 25 years, a study published in the journal Cancer has found. Researchers looked at 60 cancer survivors who got the disease when they were young, at an average age of 2... more

Tobacco: It’s official: e-cigarettes go up in smoke

25 August 2020

Australia’s health regulator has formalised a ban on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, rejecting suggestions they present a safer alternative for smokers and people trying to quit. In a final decision published yesterday, the Therapeutic Good... more

Treatment: Prostate cancer drug free

24 August 2020

Australian men at risk of dying from prostate cancer can now get a breakthrough lifesaving drug for free. The $55,000-a-year treatment, called Nubeqa (darolutamide), has extended the life of men in a clinical trial by five years, but was knocked back... more

Medical and Scientific: Surgery could cut cancer risk

24 August 2020

Young women who have surgery to cut their risk of ovarian cancer could now avoid an early menopause, thanks to a new technique that saves the ovaries. Surgeons first carry out an operation to remove the fallopian tubes, where many ovarian cancers are... more

Research: Blood may hold key to cancer

21 August 2020

The blood of the elderly helps cancer spread, while the blood of the young keeps it contained, scientists say. Research suggests that along with other reasons ageing makes us susceptible to tumours, blood can play a role in propagating cancerous cell... more

Public Health: Don’t delay, see doctor today

21 August 2020

A new campaign is urging Victorians not to delay seeing a doctor after a scary drop in cancer notifications. The Cancer Council Victoria will next week roll out the Don’t Delay campaign after new data revealed the number of people diagnosed with mela... more

Medical and Scientific: Trans clinics highlight risk of teen girls developing cancer

21 August 2020

Teenage girls who identify as transgender boys are being warned of a potential cancer risk from gender clinic medical treatment and told that they may later wish to have their uterus and ovaries removed to eliminate this possibility. Patient informat... more

Skin Cancer: New perspective on cancer

20 August 2020

Students will be transported into lungs to try to kill cancer cells with various treatments as part of a new virtual-reality game that aims to teach youth that it is easier to prevent skin cancer than cure it. Excite Science this week launched its Ma... more

Public Health: High cost but who’s listening?

19 August 2020

The reality dawning on doctors, that hundreds more cancer and chronic disease sufferers will probably die because Melbourne’s stage four lockdown is scaring people away from taking medical tests, could prove a tipping point in scrutinising the trade-... more

Tobacco: Schools smoking ban call

19 August 2020

The Heart Foundation and other leading health bodies are calling for the next NT government to ban smoking on school grounds amid a rise in the number of Territory schools allowing staff to light up on campus. NT Tobacco Control Action Committee stat... more

Research: Copper-bottomed kids’ cancer fix

19 August 2020

It is the deadliest of childhood cancers but a discovery by Australian researchers has found it could be destroyed by an already available drug. Tests by researchers from the Children’s Cancer Institute at the University of NSW has found a treatment ... more

Tobacco: Group backs vaping green light

18 August 2020

Vaping should be legalised to help Tasmania cut smoking rates while helping the health system and economy, a retail group says. The Australian Retail Vaping Industry Association (ARVIA) said research had shown vaping was up to 95 per cent less harmfu... more

Research: Cancer drug offers hope

17 August 2020

Scientists at Monash University have offered a glimmer of hope to brain cancer sufferers after discovering a drug that could lead to a potential treatment for the deadly disease — including one of its most aggressive forms. Researchers claim the drug... more

Medical and Scientific: Small cap stepping up cancer fight

17 August 2020

Locally-listed small cap biotech company Prescient Therapeutics hopes to shift the conversation around cancer from treatments to cures, as it invests in a new-age technology showing early success in helping terminal patients called CAR-T. On Friday t... more

Health Services: Boost to cancer services

17 August 2020

A much-needed radiation cancer treatment facility will be established at Nambucca Heads under a $45.5 million commitment from the Federal Government to expand cancer services. This means the hundreds of cancer patients living in Nambucca Heads will n... more

Tobacco: Smoking cuts NT lives short

14 August 2020

The average Territorian is likely to die 14 years earlier than other Australians and is almost twice as likely to die a potentially preventable death, recently released data has shown. Mortality statistics released by the Australian Institute of Heal... more

Research: Breast cancer hope

14 August 2020

A new treatment for an aggressive breast cancer that often kills young women is on the horizon after a breakthrough. The often fatal cancer affects 3000 mostly younger women every year and unlike other types of breast cancer, there is no new age trea... more

Research: Cancer cell trial success

13 August 2020

A Queensland clinical trial is showing great success in the treatment of a very deadly brain cancer. The results of the phase I clinical trial have been published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Researchers have found that patients wh... more

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition: Early signs obesity levels thinning

13 August 2020

There are tentative signs Australia could be on the cusp of beginning to reverse very high levels of childhood obesity, with the proportion of young people overweight or obese declining in the past three years. The Australian Institute of Health and ... more

Public Health: Cancer deaths tied to lockdown

12 August 2020

Hundreds more Victorians are likely to die from cancer and serious illnesses because of fears about COVID-19 and Melbourne’s lockdown causing people to skip health appointments and miss early disease diagnoses, medical professionals warn. New Cancer ... more

Public Health: COVID fixation risks a broader health crisis

12 August 2020

The singular focus on coronavirus will lead to many more deaths from cancer, heart disease, suicide and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, according to a growing number of medical experts. In the UK it is estimated three million people have mi... more

Treatment: New hope in cancer treatment

10 August 2020

A revolutionary treatment in Brisbane is giving terminal brain cancer sufferers – who with traditional treatment would struggle to survive more than a few months – hope of spending years with their families. Icon Radiation oncologist Associate Profes... more

Tobacco: Schools struggle with new vaping

10 August 2020

Disposable e-cigarettes packed with high concentrations of nicotine have become the latest dangerous craze among school students. One principal has spoken out about the use in schools of the highly addictive pods, which are brightly coloured, come in... more

Tobacco: Hearty call to cut back on smoking

10 August 2020

Based on statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australian Bureau of Statistics, the cost to the NT for healthcare attributable to smoking is $103 million per year and is $13 million per year for rheumatic heart disease. H... more

Medical and Scientific: Boy beats cancer but ‘cure’ hurts heart

10 August 2020

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is leading a study to identify children and adults who are likely to develop heart disease posttreatment. The trial will use genetic biomarkers, or clues, and medical imaging to pinpoint which children are at... more

Medical and Scientific: Bad medicine Chemists cashing in

10 August 2020

Prescription medicine prices are being bumped up almost fourfold because of additional charges by pharmacies. A Herald Sun investigation shows that under a deal reached between the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the federal government, chemists are ... more

Tobacco: Cigs giant cries foul on illegal tobacco

07 August 2020

British American Tobacco has used the COVID-19 pandemic to push for a freeze on excise duty increases from next month, claiming international border restrictions are fuelling an emerging illegal tobacco black market. The multinational giant said high... more

Research: Popular blood pressure drug increases melanoma risks

06 August 2020

A popular drug used to treat high blood pressure has been linked to an increase in serious skin cancer in older Australians, according to a new study published in the journal Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology. It has been linked to 2... more

Research: Drug’s skin cancer fear

05 August 2020

A popular high-blood pressure drug has been linked to increased skin-cancer risk in older Australians. Hydrochlorothiazide – one of the most prescribed high-blood pressure drugs – contained photosynthesising properties that could make skin more sensi... more

Screening and Immunisation: Breast screen clinic open

04 August 2020

BreastScreen NT will open for breast screening for the women of Central Australia from August 10 until October 2. All women aged 50 to 74 years are encouraged to access this free service every two years. “A screening only takes a few minutes and it c... more

Occupation and Environment: Phone tower sparks fear

04 August 2020

Residents are protesting against a proposed Telstra 4G mobile tower flagged for Ilparpa, Alice Springs, with the potential construction of a 31.4m mobile tower being planned for their boundary. Telstra regional general manager Nic Danks said a propos... more

Tobacco: Smoking dopes

03 August 2020

Smuggled tobacco products are being sold illegally on the streets of Adelaide, with organised crime gangs believed to be raking in profits generated from the “low risk, high reward” industry. The black market is undercutting lawful cigarette retailer... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer fallout fears

03 August 2020

Patients presenting to Victorian medical clinics have plummeted by up to 40 per cent as fear of rising coronavirus cases stop people from seeking potentially lifesaving help and referrals to cancer clinics have plunged. Australian Medical Association... more

Medical and Scientific: Screen for genes to prevent cancers

03 August 2020

Genetic testing for all women over 30 would prevent millions of deaths from breast and ovarian cancer globally and be cost effective in medium and higher income countries. That is the conclusion of international research published in the journal Canc... more

Health Services: Help for cancer patients

31 July 2020

Cancer patients will soon have access to a new specialist nurse following the expansion of the Federal Government’s Prostate Cancer Nurses Program. The nurse will work across four GenesisCare radiation oncology centres in Adelaide to provide care and... more

Tobacco: Time to talk about phasing out sale of tobacco products

31 July 2020

This year marks the 70th anniversary of two major studies that confirmed smoking causes lung cancer, and next year will be the 40th anniversary of a landmark report that confirmed exposure to second-hand smoke also causes lung cancer in non-smokers. ... more

Medical & Scientific: Being diligent with men’s wellbeing

29 July 2020

Experts agree the most common health issues Australian men face can be curbed or managed better if patients get regular health checks to pick up problems in people not yet experiencing symptoms of disease. With many conditions developing slowly over ... more

Medical & Scientific: Cancer cases fall during pandemic

29 July 2020

A large fall in cancer referrals during the pandemic has prompted a specialist to urge people to see their GP soon. Oncology specialist Professor Alhossain Khalafallah, who directs the Specialist Care Clinic at Ulverstone, said he estimated a fall in... more

Medical & Scientific: It’s time to reconnect with your health – don’t neglect your breast health

29 July 2020

With restrictions easing and life returning to relative normality in Western Australia, it is now time to stop postponing vital health checks, and for women aged over 40 that means it’s time to reconnect with your breast health. Having regular mammog... more

Medical & Scientific: Outlook linked to how long we live

29 July 2020

A QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute study has revealed that being a pessimist can cut an average of two years from life span, though being an optimist did not extend life expectancy. Lead researcher, Dr John Whitfield from QIMR Berghofer’s Ge... more

Medical & Scientific: Time to book in with your GP

29 July 2020

Western Australians are encouraged to stay on top of their health with a visit to their general practitioner now COVID-19-related measures have relaxed in the state. Australian Clinical Labs National Clinical Director Associate Professor Chris Barnes... more

Medical and Scientific: Op news bit of a bummer

28 July 2020

Plastic surgeons want Medicare to pay for cutting edge fat implant operations. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons says a procedure known as autologous fat grafting should be subsidised by taxpayers so it can be used on breast cancer survivors... more

Medical and Scientific: Funds boost for SA smarts

28 July 2020

Cancer tracer maker Ferronova have won $828,000 in Federal Government Funding in the third round of grants from the $45m BioMedTech Horizons program. Ferronova’s specialist polymer-coated iron oxide nanoparticles, made to global standards at a lab in... more

Research: Discovery on cancer

28 July 2020

Queensland scientists say the discovery of new cellular immunotherapy targets for a deadly head and neck cancer caused by human papillomavirus could lead to better survival rates. The type of head and neck cancer – oropharyngeal cancer – can affect t... more

Tobacco: Vapers facing ban in city’s smoke-free zones

28 July 2020

Vaping is likely to be banned in 11 areas of Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds. The move would extend the definition of smoking, under local laws, to include e-cigarettes. The City of Melbourne has been working for months to extend its localised smoking ... more

Tobacco: Lobby group slams vaping ban

27 July 2020

A bid to ban vaping in inner city smoke-free areas has been slammed by a business lobby group as unscientific. Melbourne City Council wants to amend its laws in line with state legislation controlling the use of e-cigarettes. A meeting on Tuesday wil... more

Treatment: New hope with radiation treatment

23 July 2020

Tasmanian cancer patients will benefit from new, state-of-the-art equipment that will deliver highly accurate radiation treatment in Launceston. The equipment was delivered through the state and federal government’s Commonwealth Radiation Oncology He... more

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition: Extra protein a fat lot of good

20 July 2020

High-protein diets and supplements are very much on trend. People of all ages are obsessed with proteins and believe that eating plenty of them will be instrumental to losing weight and gaining muscle mass and staying healthy. Not only are people eat... more

Medical and Scientific: $18.8m for health

20 July 2020

Australia’s most promising research into treatments for cancer and other diseases will get a major cash boost to fast-track their development. The Morrison Government yesterday announced it was spending $18.8 million to accelerate the discovery of be... more

Research: Hormone therapy fights disease

20 July 2020

Hormone replacement therapy could protect against common illnesses, a study suggests. Women taking HRT to cope with the menopause had a greater variety of beneficial bacteria in their urine, potentially cutting their risk of urinary tract infections.... more

Research: I will avenge you

20 July 2020

Cancer scientist from Newcastle University and the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Dr Matt Dun, has been researching medicinal cannabis to kill cancer cells, including leukaemia and DIPG cells, without harming normal cells. After three years of re... more

Tobacco: ATO in huge tobacco haul

20 July 2020

More than 131 tonnes of illicit tobacco has been seized in Australia in the past financial year, with crooks trying to dodge $171 million in tax. The Australian Taxation Office took and destroyed the illicit tobacco in the 2019-20 financial year. Wit... more

Research: Donor group cancer killers

17 July 2020

Perth researchers have identified a specific pool of donors whose cells can be successfully used to treat children with leukaemia. The research by Telethon Kids Institute, University of WA and Curtin University published today analysed “natural kille... more

Medical and Scientific: RMIT tower at centre of cancer fears for sale

17 July 2020

The RMIT University building investigated over fears of a cancer cluster among staff in 2006 has been listed for sale. RMIT Building 108, also known as The Tivoli, made headlines in 2006 after a series of brain cancer cases emerged at the building, w... more

Tobacco: QLD, NT going up in smoke, but falling

17 July 2020

Queenslanders and Northern Territorians continue to smoke tobacco at a higher rate than those in any other Australian state or territory, but daily smoking numbers are down nationwide. The findings are included in the latest National Drug Strategy Ho... more

Medical and Scientific: Subsidies for compression garments

16 July 2020

Multimillion-dollar subsidies for compression tights will help people deal with incurable lymphoedema, including around 20 per cent of women with breast cancer. The Federal Government has committed an ongoing $2m a year nationally while the State Gov... more

Alcohol and Tobacco: Cannabis use up as alcohol, tobacco fall

16 July 2020

The number of cannabis users in Tasmania has increased by 50 per cent in a decade, although the number of people smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol has fallen, new figures show. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Drug Strateg... more

Alcohol and Tobacco: Smokers stubbing out, data reveals

16 July 2020

People aged 14 to 29 are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or consume illicit drugs than previous generations, a health report shows. A study of 22,000 people also revealed a drop in the non-medical use of painkillers and opioids, but found a rise ... more

Alcohol and Tobacco: Young give drinks, drugs a miss but try vaping

16 July 2020

Young Australians are turning away from alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, consuming them less than their parents’ generation in a trend that has public health experts baffled. The Australian Health and Welfare Institute’s National Drug and Alcohol Surve... more

Tobacco: Smokes rebate jackpot for remote retailer

16 July 2020

A government-backed remote retailer established to promote healthy eating has been earning hundreds of thousands of dollars annually through incentives for selling tobacco products. The company, Outback Stores, has collected at least $20m in rebates ... more

Tobacco: Smoke signals reveal change

16 July 2020

Almost two-thirds of Victorians have never smoked a cigarette, with females least likely to take a puff. More people are also choosing not to light up, with an extra 200,000 smokers giving up the habit in 2019 compared with more than a decade ago. Th... more

Research: HPV ‘causes prostate cancer’

15 July 2020

Some prostate cancers are “highly likely” to be caused by human papillomavirus, according to a review on the topic. For the new paper, published in the journal Infectious Agents and Cancer, researchers from the University of NSW reviewed 26 studies o... more

Medical and Scientific: Play your part to prevent bowel cancer

13 July 2020

There are ways to prevent bowel cancer, though many are not taking that opportunity. Part of preventing bowel cancer may be as simple as taking aspirin. Recently, a 10-year follow-up of people who had inherited a high risk of developing bowel cancer ... more

Medical and Scientific: Eight workers test positive in second Alfred outbreak

13 July 2020

The Alfred hospital has moved to restrict access to its COVID-19 ward after eight healthcare workers tested positive, sending hundreds of staff into 14-day isolation in the hospital’s second outbreak since the pandemic began. A healthcare worker at t... more

Research: Risk analysis

13 July 2020

A Medical Journal of Australia study published in early 2020 explored lifetime risks for five types of cancer – prostate, breast, renal and thyroid cancers and melanoma. By comparing the difference between 1982 figures (where there were no screening ... more

Tobacco: Mini vape menace a kids crisis

13 July 2020

Sydney tobacconists are selling illegal miniature throwaway e-cigarettes with kid-friendly flavours, which are giving their young users 300 nicotine hits for just $15. The under-the-counter e-cigarettes called Cuvies are being sold throughout Sydney ... more

Research: Gene hope for women

10 July 2020

Australians are surviving to a healthy old age despite having genes that cause cancer or heart disease, a breakthrough study has found. It means women who have genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer, may be having breasts and reproductive organs r... more

Tobacco: Principals fume over rising nest of vapers

06 July 2020

Principals have written to parents warning them of a significant increase in vaping among teenagers, with teachers catching students in year 7 using vapes in Sydney. NSW Secondary Principals’ Council president Craig Petersen said vaping was now a maj... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer therapy blue dot zapped

06 July 2020

In a Queensland first, a new technology is available at GenesisCare cancer treatment centre at Chermside, Brisbane. AlignRT is a unique radiation therapy system which tracks a patient’s positioning before and during their therapy, to assist with set-... more

Tobacco: Vape of things to come: the rise of the nico-teen

06 July 2020

Hundreds of thousands of Australians who import liquid nicotine from overseas have won a six-month reprieve from new rules that would have put them at risk of hefty fines, but the battle over vaping is far from over. Now public health experts and vap... more

Tobacco: Where there’s smoke

02 July 2020

A major international seller of e-cigarettes will push ahead with plans to open 20 stores across Australia, despite the Federal Government announcing tougher restrictions on the importation and sale of nicotine products. Spokesman Nibhik Gupta of New... more

Research: Training cells to find and destroy

02 July 2020

Adelaide’s Centre for Cancer Biology is leading research into a new therapy for brain cancer, training the body’s own defence cells to detect and kill the diseased ones. The approach has worked for leukaemia and other blood cancer treatment. In allia... more

Research: Melanoma breakthrough

02 July 2020

Scientists have discovered that high levels of a protein found in human melanoma cells could be the reasons patients do not respond well to treatment. Research by Australia’s QIMR Berghofer found high levels of the protein CD155 in melanoma cells mad... more

Research: Melanoma discovery

01 July 2020

Queensland scientists have discovered that high levels of a protein found in human melanoma cells could be the reason patients do not respond well to treatment. New research by QIMR Berghofer found high levels of the protein CD155 in melanoma cells m... more

Tobacco: Vapers welcome delay to nicotine ban

30 June 2020

Canberra vaping stores have welcomed moves by the federal government to delay a ban on importing liquid nicotine. The ban was set to come into effect on 1 July but has since been pushed back by health minister Greg Hunt until 1 January following oppo... more

Tobacco: Hunt gives in to backbench on vaping ban

29 June 2020

Health Minister Greg Hunt has delayed plans to impose a $200,000 fine on Australians who import liquid nicotine and will review the government’s policy on smokers who use vaping to give up cigarettes after a backbench revolt. The ban, which the Thera... more

Research: Social smoko shock

29 June 2020

Social smokers who light up only occasionally over a drink with friends may be doubling their chances of an early death. Startling new research shows smoking as few as six to 10 cigarettes a month can still cause serious harm. Strokes, heart attacks ... more

Tobacco: Govt gives vapers an e-cigarette extension

29 June 2020

The federal government has thrown a lifeline to people using e-cigarettes with nicotine as a means to ending their smoking addiction. Nicotine vaping products are currently banned under state and territory regulations. Earlier this month, Health Mini... more

Tobacco: Backbench lights up over vaping ban

26 June 2020

The Morrison government is facing an open backbench revolt over the decision to ban personal imports of the liquid nicotine used for vaping, with 28 Coalition MPs signing a letter condemning the restrictions announced last week. The restriction has b... more

Medical and Scientific: Clinic’s ‘overdoses’

26 June 2020

Cancer patients may have been subject to doses of radiation at a Bendigo clinic that were too strong or too weak to safely fight their disease, health authorities fear. As investigations stepped up into the Quality Cancer Care clinic yesterday, it em... more

Medical and Scientific: Roundup payout gives litigants hope

26 June 2020

A decision by the German maker of the controversial weedkiller Roundup to pay out almost $16 billion to settle thousands of US lawsuits has given hope to litigants in Australia. Maurice Blackburn is leading one of several Australian class actions aga... more

Medical and Scientific: Roundup still on sale, Bayer to fight suit

26 June 2020

Bayer will keep selling its weed killer Roundup in Australia and fight local litigation against the product, despite agreeing to pay up to $US10.9 billion ($15.8 billion) to settle tens of thousands of claims in the US alleging it causes cancer. Exec... more

Research: Cancer drug in virus trial

26 June 2020

Melbourne researchers are behind a new international trial using an anti-cancer drug in the hope it could save the lives of seriously ill COVID-19 patients. Researchers from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Clayton have been probing whethe... more

Tobacco: Canavan fights vaping ban

26 June 2020

Former minister Matt Canavan is leading a charge to overturn the government’s ban on e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping refills. Senator Canavan and fellow Queensland MP George Christensen have created a petition to encourage people to protest the ban ... more

Tobacco: Senator breaks ranks over vaping

25 June 2020

Senator Matt Canavan is calling for Australia to legalise e-cigarettes after the Morrison government moved to ban the importation of vapes and nicotine refills unless prescribed by a doctor. The Nationals senator from Queensland has started a petitio... more

Tobacco: Nicotine vaping imports banned

25 June 2020

Australia has closed the door on e-cigarettes, banning the personal importation of the devices and nicotine refills for vaping devices from July 1. The 12-month import prohibition closes the last remaining legal avenue for buying nicotine refills, af... more

Research: Life-saving cancer research given big boost

25 June 2020

Researcher Marian Burr uses the power of the human body’s immune system to find new treatments for cancer. Her life-saving work into how our own bodies can hunt down and eradicate cancer has now been given an $8 million boost. The fellowship funding ... more

Research: Diet may help cancer fight

25 June 2020

A drastic diet may make chemotherapy more effective for breast cancer patients, evidence has found. Participants of a study who ate very little for the four days leading up to the treatment were more likely to see their tumours shrink by more than 90... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer clinic care fears

25 June 2020

Thousands of cancer patients face a distressing wait after revelations they may have been mistreated or misdiagnosed at a regional treatment clinic. An investigation has begun into whether radiotherapy was conducted by suitably qualified staff at Qua... more

Medical and Scientific: Boost for cancer ID

24 June 2020

Scientists experimenting with a new way of identifying the source of mystery cancers are among researchers to share in $35.9 million to tackle rare diseases. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt will announce the funding boost for 17 research projects t... more

Medical and Scientific: Brain cancer hope for kids

23 June 2020

Australia will join an international clinical trial to test a new daily pill which uses targeted therapies that bypass healthy cells in children with brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of young Australians. Leading the clinical trial is Profess... more

Research: Tailor-made vaccine cancer hope

23 June 2020

Personalised vaccines, when given in combination with a drug that boosts the body’s natural defences to fight cancer, have shown “promising signs” in early clinical trials of patients with advanced cancers. Researchers have found the experimental tre... more

Tobacco: Ban on e-cigarettes in Australia from July

23 June 2020

Vaping nicotine in Australia is set to end as the Federal Government moves to ban the importation of e-cigarettes. From 1 July, it will be illegal to important e-cigarettes and refills containing nicotine liquids or salts. Retailers and users of e-ci... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer now the leading cause of Aboriginal deaths after spike

22 June 2020

Cancer has overtaken circulatory disease as the leading cause of Indigenous deaths in NSW and Victoria, prompting a new campaign aimed at improving screening, treatment and lifestyle factors. The latest data from the NSW Cancer Institute shows the nu... more

Public Health: Question: Where have all the diseases suddenly gone?

22 June 2020

According to the doctors of Adelaide’s Forward Medical GP Clinic, it’s time to assess the fallout of social distancing. Dr Uri Scelwyn said, “One of the frightening statistics was that, during the COVID lockdown, GP consultations across Australia wer... more

Research: Yoghurt can slash your risk of bowel cancer

22 June 2020

Men who eat yoghurt twice a week are 19 per cent less likely to develop abnormal bowel growths, a precursor to bowel cancer, a study in the Gut journal has found. This is likely due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Sunday Herald Sun, 21/06/2020,... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette ban extends

22 June 2020

The Federal Government is extending a ban on the importation of e-cigarettes containing vaporiser nicotine unless prescribed by a doctor. The ban will remain in place for 12 months to allow for public consultation on the regulation of nicotine produc... more

Tobacco: Hunt bans nicotine vaping

22 June 2020

Importing nicotine liquid for electronic cigarettes will be banned by 1 July in a move vaping advocates say will cost lives. The new regulation will ban all personal importation of nicotine liquids. Pharmacies or medical suppliers would be able to im... more

Medical and Scientific: Survivors’ call for better after-care

18 June 2020

Men who have survived prostate cancer don’t feel supported after their treatment, with more than a third saying they want more comprehensive after-care. A landmark 15-year study of male patients and survivors also revealed most men continued to repor... more

Research: QLD blood cancer breakthrough

16 June 2020

A breakthrough by Queensland researchers offers new hope for sufferers of a highly deadly blood cancer. The research findings will be published today in the international journal Nature Communications. QIMR Berghofer has identified how an early genet... more

Treatment: Kids win in cancer first

15 June 2020

More than a dozen kids have had lifesaving cancer treatment at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, after it was made freely available for the first-time last year. The revolutionary treatment, called chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy – or C... more

Health Services: $23m for prostate program

15 June 2020

Victorian hospitals are set to benefit from increased staffing after the federal government announced a $23 million investment into its prostate cancer nurse program. The funding will employ additional specialist nurses at 24 health services and canc... more

Public Health: Cancer fear as testing dips during COVID-19

15 June 2020

Breast cancer surgeons are reporting a 40 per cent drop in breast cancer diagnoses over the pandemic months, sparking a warning that thousands are unaware they are living with the disease and the delayed detection will lead to more deaths than COVID-... more

Public Health: Alarm bells as cancer testing plummets

15 June 2020

Cancer testing plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic and is yet to recover to normal levels, prompting fears that thousands of Australians could be missing the window for early diagnosis. Nationally representative figures from major private patho... more

Research: Aspirin key in bowel cancer: study

15 June 2020

Most people aged 50 to 70 should be taking aspirin daily to help ward off bowel cancer. A long-running global study involving the Royal Melbourne Hospital, published in the Lancet this week, has indicated that taking aspirin for just a few years can ... more

Research: $12m boost for cancer research

15 June 2020

The Morrison Government is providing more than $3.5 million to Cancer Council NSW to research what demand will look like for cancer treatment over the next five years. It is one of the six projects researching five-year patterns in cancer that will s... more

Tobacco: Cold water on smoking ‘heated sticks’

11 June 2020

Smoking giant Philip Morris has had a setback in its bid to sell a new tobacco product in Australia: “heated sticks”, it says are an alternative to vaping and smoking that produce fewer and lower levels of toxic chemicals than cigarettes. The heated ... more

Research: Cancer trials offer real hope

11 June 2020

A breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer by Melbourne specialists has delivered “stunning” results. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has been running trials for the state-of-the-art method using radioactive molecules to detect and treat prostate can... more

Public Health: New $500m health centre just the tonic

11 June 2020

The treatment of cancers next to the brain, eye and spinal cord, as well as deadly tumours in children, will become much more precise and effective with the creation of Australia’s first proton therapy centre in Adelaide. In a major boost to people f... more

Alcohol: Virus drives women to drink

09 June 2020

An increase in women turning to the bottle during COVID-19 and a more than 300 per cent spike in online alcohol advertising clicks are being investigated by a Flinders University researcher, Jessica Thomas. A recent ABS survey showed 17 per cent of w... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer research funding boost

09 June 2020

The search for a cure for childhood brain cancer has received a multimillion-dollar boost from the Federal Government. Research trials into treatments for melanoma, as well as reproductive and gynecological cancers, will also benefit from the $13.6 m... more

Research: Fast-killing cancer risk

09 June 2020

People who eat fatty foods over a prolonged period are at risk of a fast-killing cancer that is growing in prevalence. New QIMR Berghofer research indicates that the high-fat diet could induce early Barrett’s oesophagus, a precursor condition to oeso... more

Research: Cancer cells have met their match

05 June 2020

Australian researchers have found a way to stop cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment in a major breakthrough that could extend the lives of patients. When researchers blocked the resistance process in an experimental model of pancreatic cance... more

Treatment: Cancer drug buying time

05 June 2020

A glimmer of hope has been given to metastatic breast cancer sufferers with a drug that can slow the progression of cancer being made available to more people in Australia. The Breast Cancer Network will today announce a new access program for the dr... more

Research: Genetic screening cancer hope

02 June 2020

Genetic screening could spot thousands of cases of prostate cancer that would otherwise go unnoticed until it is too late, research suggests. A pilot study led by doctors at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found that DNA testing in GP surg... more

Tobacco: Regions light up the most

02 June 2020

South Hedland has been revealed as the worst town in WA for smoking, closely followed by four in the Goldfields. According to the latest Australia’s Health Tracker by Area: Smoking Rates Report, Boulder, Kambalda, Coolgardie and Norseman tied behind ... more

Medical and Scientific: Terminally ill rush to assisted deaths

01 June 2020

Doctors say they are seeing a surge of terminally ill people asking to end their lives at home amid fears the coronavirus crisis could thwart their hopes for a swift, painless death surrounded by loved ones. Figures show more than 300 applications ha... more

Health Services: Hospitals’ $2.4bn deal

01 June 2020

Tasmania has signed a record $2.4 billion deal with the Federal Government to lock in extra hospital funding for five years. It will boost the state’s current hospital funding by $400 million, ensuring more cash for doctors, nurses and services. The ... more

Health Services: Additional $7.3bn for hospitals

01 June 2020

Victorian hospitals will receive an extra $7.3 billion in federal support over the next five years after a new funding deal was finally locked in. The commonwealth’s share of funding for Victorian hospitals will swell to $32.4 billion by 2025 in a na... more

Occupation and Environment: NE Link to exceed pollution standards

01 June 2020

Vehicle emissions along the $16 billion North East Link will exceed the state’s new air pollution standards, with the Eastern Freeway also predicted to fail pollution checks as an extra 100,000 vehicles come onto the road each day. Air pollution mode... more

Research: Cancer booted

01 June 2020

A rugby ball-shaped nanoparticle supercharged with cancer-killing drugs could revolutionise the treatment of one of the most common brain tumours in children. The microscopic nanoparticle will directly attack medulloblastoma tumours, which is in cont... more

Screening and Immunisation: Screening reduces high cost of cancer

01 June 2020

Women who do not attend regular breast screenings are more likely to face out-of-pocket costs if diagnosed with cancer than those who do, research has found. A Monash University study found women who had regular screenings were more likely to detect ... more

Tobacco: Cook pushes to stub out ciggies

01 June 2020

Health Minister Roger Cook wants smokers to know exactly what’s in cigarettes, saying he did not want “a new generation of smokers” as he flags pushing for regulative reform. Mr Cook said this week there needed to be “full disclosure” of individual c... more

Tobacco: Govt makes grants to anti-smoking programs

01 June 2020

The ACT government will award nearly $900,000 to three community anti-smoking programs, as part of efforts to curb smoking rates in vulnerable communities. The funding, announced on World No Tobacco Day, will support programs designed to reach groups... more

Tobacco: Match lights ire

01 June 2020

Social media influencers are helping Big Tobacco get the next generation of Australians smoking. A Sunday Mail investigation has found the companies are using devious tactics to get around laws banning advertising – with Facebook, Twitter and TikTok ... more

Tobacco: Smokers quit over virus worry

01 June 2020

There has been a surge of smokers trying to quit amid concerns they are more likely to suffer severe complications from coronavirus. Health Minister Greg Hunt said more than 24,000 people downloaded the Department of Health’s Quitbuddy app between Ja... more

Tobacco: Tassie’s smoking shame

29 May 2020

The national response to COVID-19 should prioritise the reduction of smoking among disadvantaged communities, researchers say, as some Hobart suburbs continue to house the most smokers nationwide. Research released from the University of Victoria’s M... more

Tobacco: Why vaping gums up the works

29 May 2020

Just a few months vaping may raise the risk of gum disease. E-cigarette smokers have communities of bacteria in their mouths that closely match those of people with gum disease, a study has found. The findings from the study suggest chemicals from th... more

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition: Study doubts star system

28 May 2020

Shoppers are being misled about the healthiness of many junk foods, researchers fear. A Deakin University food labelling study, published in the journal Nutrients, found three-quarters of heavily processed food and half of discretionary foods with he... more

Medical and Scientific: Fears over delayed diagnoses

28 May 2020

Undiagnosed people with cancer are losing precious time by putting off GP visits during the coronavirus pandemic. The Leukaemia Foundation is predicting a dramatic spike in the number of people diagnosed with blood cancer in coming months as people w... more

Tobacco: Don’t ignore the other pandemic

27 May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over our lives and our attention. However, there is another older pandemic also recognised by the World Health Organisation – and that is tobacco smoking. The tobacco smoking pandemic claims six million lives worldwide... more

Public Health: The hidden victims of pandemics

27 May 2020

Some experts believe in counting excess death in measuring the impact of coronavirus on people’s health helps everybody glean a fairer and more accurate picture of the country’s ultimate mortality rate. It captures not only the COVID-19 deaths but al... more

Occupation and Environment: Overhaul of toxic material rules ‘could spell disaster’

27 May 2020

Decisions about whether new chemicals entering the Australian marketplace pose a danger to consumers or workers will be left in the hands of private industry from next week, as a major overhaul of chemical regulation takes effect. Changes to the rule... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer test wait times blow out

27 May 2020

The life-threatening six-month wait for a colonoscopy to diagnose bowel cancer has become even longer thanks to COVID-19 and lives could now be at risk. Before the pandemic, Australians with a positive bowel screen test were waiting six months or lon... more

Research: Dog cancer trial raising hope

26 May 2020

A new cancer treatment being trialled on dogs has raised hopes for human patients, with initial results showing 30 per cent of the canines went into complete remission. Curtin University has developed the treatment and is conducting the trial with ca... more

Medical and Scientific: Scientists look to boost ovarian cancer survival

26 May 2020

Queensland scientists are trying to find ways to diagnose ovarian cancer earlier and more accurately in the hope of boosting the survival rate. Last year, 1046 Australian women died from ovarian cancer, while 1510 were diagnosed with the disease. Glo... more

Research: Ferronova nails $3.5m funding for cancer trials

26 May 2020

Forronova, the Australian company developing a technology to speed up the early detection of the spread of cancer, has received $3.5 million funding as it plans human trials for oral, breast and colorectal cancers. The technology – a hybrid smart mag... more

Treatment: T-cell discovery in cancer fight

25 May 2020

A therapy that has revolutionised the fight against blood cancer is being adapted to help fight solid tumours such as lung and breast cancers. Researchers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre are trialling a new take on CAR T-cell therapy – a type of... more

Tobacco: On-the-spot fines loom for shops selling contraband cigarettes

25 May 2020

Illicit tobacco seizures have soared and under-the-counter sales at suburban shops are rampant with concerns that rising taxes will continue to fuel the black market. It comes as the federal government considers whether to form a new task force that ... more

Medical and Scientific: Scared sick to flood system

25 May 2020

Hospitals are set to be swamped by a wave of patients suffering serious conditions left to fester during the coronavirus pandemic. An audit of doctor appointments across Victoria and NSW shows a looming crisis for patients and specialists dealing wit... more

Research: Boost for push to end breast cancer

25 May 2020

The National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia has awarded $10 million to research into treatment and early detection in a push to meet a target of zero breast cancer deaths by 2030. The not-for-profit has picked 16 research projects to fund. Eig... more

Research: No sugar coating it

25 May 2020

An alarming new look at the impacts of type 2 diabetes has found Australian sufferers are at a higher risk of developing other chronic diseases than previously thought. In a report released by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute today, research sh... more

Screening and Immunisation: Fresh breast cancer hope

25 May 2020

Australian researchers hope a soon-to-be-trialled breast cancer vaccine will stop recurrences of the disease and eventually be used to fight other common cancers. The jab will not prevent cancer in the first place but will be given to people who have... more

Medical and Scientific: Calls for action on elective surgery

22 May 2020

Patient advocates and doctors are urging governments to devise a plan to catch up on elective surgery after the coronavirus shutdown added an estimated 400,000 people to hospital waiting lists. State governments have given hospitals in NSW and Victor... more

Tobacco: Can’t quit? Could be genetic

21 May 2020

If you have struggled to give up smoking, the reason you’ve failed could lie in your genes. Professor Sulev Koks, from Murdoch University and the Perron Institute, said variants in the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) gene was strongly associated with high... more

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition: Walking or cycling cuts early death risk

21 May 2020

Walking, cycling and taking the train to work rather than driving may help reduce the risk of early death from heart disease and cancer, new research suggests. The findings are base on a study of more than 300,000 commuters in England and Wales over ... more

Medical and Scientific: Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talcum baby powder in US

21 May 2020

Johnson & Johnson, besieged by lawsuits, will stop selling baby powder made with talc in the US and Canada, citing a decline in customer demand amid safety concerns about one of its most famous products. J&J has been facing lawsuits alleging ... more

Research: Hope is now truly in sight

20 May 2020

Queensland researchers have unlocked some of the mysteries surrounding a rare form of melanoma in the eye, hopefully paving the way for the development of more effective treatments. Scientists from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and th... more

Research: Health dose of funds

20 May 2020

Victorian medical experts will receive almost half of a $400 million federal funding boost for research tackling everything from binge eating and online depression treatments to dementia screening and genetic cancer risks. It is expected 267 research... more

Medical and Scientific: Call for Queanbeyan respite funding certainty

20 May 2020

Locals pushing for a respite facility for younger people with terminal illness in Queanbeyan are calling for the state and federal governments to come to the table with ongoing funding for running costs, to ensure their efforts don’t fall at the last... more

Occupation and Environment: Byron Bay’s 5G hang-up

19 May 2020

Greens-dominated Byron Shire council has bowed to conspiracy theorists who are fighting against implementation of high-speed internet. Protesters have been fighting to prevent Telstra workers from accessing the company’s 5G tower in Mullumbimby for t... more

Obesity, Physical Activity and Nutrition: Food ads are load of junk

18 May 2020

The State Government is looking to ban junk-food advertising on State-owned assets and premises in a bid to curb WA’s obesity epidemic. It has been urged to take immediate action to address the crisis after a report this week revealed one in 10 hospi... more

Medical and Scientific: Australia faces a backlog of 400,000 elective surgery cases

18 May 2020

Postponing elective surgery during the pandemic in Australia has created a backlog of almost 400,000 cases, according to an international study published in The British Journal of Surgery. After six weeks of complete restrictions, limited elective su... more

Medical and Scientific: High hopes for dope

18 May 2020

Medicinal cannabis could be available from chemists without a prescription from early next year – with the controversial move pitting doctors against patient groups. The nation’s medicines watchdog has opened public consultation after pressure from a... more

Research: A rearguard action

15 May 2020

Scientists have developed a “game changing” new test that can detect prostate cancer without the need for the uncomfortable alternative. The 15-minute scan means people can avoid having to undergo rectal examinations, according to researchers. The “p... more

Research: QUT test finds ‘hidden’ cancers

14 May 2020

In a potential world-first discovery, Queensland researchers have developed a saliva test that can detect hidden throat cancer in patients who show no symptoms. The discovery was made during a HPV-prevalence study which included 665 health individual... more

Research: New brain cancer hope

13 May 2020

Researchers have developed a brain cancer drug that can cut through the brain’s protective coating in a major breakthrough that could save thousands of lives. Brain cancer has among the lowest survival rates of cancer, with just 4 per cent of people ... more

Alcohol: GPs set a challenge: reduce drink intake

13 May 2020

Doctors are concerned more people are turning to alcohol, sedatives and illegal drugs as they deal with stress caused by the isolation and upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners is warning that sub... more

Screening and Immunisation: Screen Time

12 May 2020

Early breast cancer screening can slash the risk of dying from the disease by more than 40 per cent, a new study has revealled. The study stresses the importance of women having regular mammograms. Screening allows doctors to use an X-ray to spot tum... more

Skin cancer: Skin checks neglected during pandemic

12 May 2020

Melanoma experts are worried skin checks have been put into a holding pattern during the coronavirus pandemic, with many people avoiding trips to their doctors. The delays are concerning Melanoma Patients Australia chief executive Victoria Beedle, wh... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fast food marketing ploys are bad taste

11 May 2020

The fast food industry has been accused of using marketing strategies to cash in on the pandemic lockdown. Domino’s Australia is promoting “5 reasons to eat pizza in isolation”, Red Rooster is featuring “social distancing” in its promotions and McDon... more

Public Health: Don’t stop blood tests

11 May 2020

The number of blood tests recorded across Australia has halved during the pandemic. Pathologists and cancer experts say people should still be getting tested when needed. Full blood tests from private pathologists plunged 60 per cent in April compare... more

Research: More babies spend longer in the womb since vaccine

11 May 2020

The introduction of the HPV vaccine in 2007 is likely to have prevented 2000 Australian babies from being born prematurely over eight years, findings of a research study have found. In 2007, Australia was one of the first countries to provide a vacci... more

Research: Ovarian cancer’s $16m aid

08 May 2020

More than $16 million will be invested into medical research projects to better understand ovarian cancer, which is predicted to kill 1000 women by the end of this year. The devastating disease has the lowest survival rate of all female cancers. The ... more

Tobacco: ‘Not convinced’: CBD vaping ban put to public

07 May 2020

Opponents and proponents of vaping will have a chance to lobby Melbourne City Council before it decides whether to ban e-cigarettes from smoke-free areas. The public will have about a month to make submissions to the council on a local law to make va... more

Tobacco: Mills backs legalised vaping to stop smoking

07 May 2020

The Northern Territory could become the first jurisdiction in Australia to legalise vaping should fledging political party Territory Alliance seize power at the upcoming election. Under the party’s policy, laws would be introduced to regulate e-cigar... more

Medical and Scientific: Breast cancer ‘kill’ trial

07 May 2020

A cancer drug that can “kill” sleeping cancerous cells and increase the effectiveness of current treatments offers hope to breast cancer patients. Venetoclax is being tested on patients after lab research found it could attack and kill cancerous cell... more

Public Health: Fear leads to illnesses not being diagnosed

06 May 2020

More than 60,000 patients a day are missing out on vital medical tests – and doctors fear a tsunami of illnesses could overwhelm the heath system after COVID-19. The dramatic decline in medical testing and health presentations has led to GPs, pharmac... more

Research: Aspirin cuts cancer risk

05 May 2020

Taking aspirin just once a week could slash cancer risk by over a third, experts claim. Scientists looked at 113 studies into digestive cancers including stomach, oesophageal, bowel and mouth. Results showed regular aspirin use – one or two pills a w... more

Public Health: Don’t die of fear

04 May 2020

Seriously ill Victorians are risking their lives by refusing to go to the hospital or call an ambulance over fears of COVID-19. Melbourne hospitals have also reported a fall in patients. These concerns have promoted a plea from medics for unwell Vict... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Probe into sky high food costs

04 May 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is launching two separate inquiries into the exorbitant food prices charged in remote indigenous communities. The States and Territories will also explore how they can address the shocking cost inequality that is leading... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer cases could hit 20, inquiry told

04 May 2020

Up to 20 people may have developed cancer after being exposed to contaminated soil at a school on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, a federal inquiry has heard. But a senate committee investigating whether there was a cancer cluster in Barwon Heads and... more

Public Health: Fears over low test rate

04 May 2020

Cases of cancer and other serious illnesses could rise because of a fall in testing at the height of the coronavirus crisis, experts say. The biggest private pathology laboratory in Canberra is doing 450 fewer tests for cancer a week than it did last... more

Public Health: Patients pay off with test rebate

01 May 2020

Tens of thousands of patients with rare cancer will get a faster diagnosis from today with new Medicare rebates making sophisticated molecular tests affordable. Each year more than 52,000 people are diagnosed with rare cancers, and 25,000 die from th... more

Public Health: Our sick divide

01 May 2020

Public health spending across Sydney’s western epicentre is a startling $800 per person less than in other regions despite the area’s growing population, leading to huge disparities in cancer treatment across Sydney. Figures tendered at a parliamenta... more

Tobacco: Vaping ‘damages arteries’

01 May 2020

Vaping may damage blood vessels in a similar way to smoking, raising the risk of a heart attack or stroke. A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association has found concerning signs of stiffened arteries in young people who use e-cigarettes.... more

Medical and Scientific: Hospital staff isolate after patient positive

30 April 2020

Two dozen staff at Sunshine Hospital in Melbourne’s west have been sent home to isolate after a patient who underwent emergency surgery later tested positive to COVID-19. The incident has renewed calls by the Australian Medical Association for mandat... more

Treatment: Surge in home chemo demand

29 April 2020

Demand for chemotherapy at home is rocketing amid the COVID crisis as vulnerable patients try to minimise public contact. Health fund Bupa, which covers the home treatment in all policies where chemotherapy is included, has seen demand surge in the p... more

Screening and Immunisation: Flu shot rationing as shortage hits nation

29 April 2020

Doctors’ groups say it is unacceptable that they are being forced to ration flu vaccination as they battle a severe nationwide shortage caused by distribution failures and record demand. While a record 16.5 million flu vaccines have been secured this... more

Research: Genetic skin cancer links found

28 April 2020

Australian researchers have played a lead role in an international study that has more than doubled the number of genetic regions linked to melanoma, a skin cancer that kills more than 1700 Australians a year. The study identified 33 new genetic regi... more

Treatment: Race against the clock to save cancer kids

27 April 2020

A mercy mission is being planned to collect desperately needed nuclear medicine used to threat children with high-risk cancers across Australia. Organised by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the $100,000 emergency o... more

Public Health: Cancer detection fears amid social distancing

27 April 2020

Cancer referrals at Australia’s leading oncology centres have plummeted by up to 30 per cent, fuelling concerns seriously ill people may be going undiagnosed. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre said referrals for patients were down by a third this mon... more

Tobacco: COVID:19: it’s another good reason to quit smoking

27 April 2020

Smoking when you are stressed causes a vicious cycle, because smoking actually increases your stress hormones. So the more you smoke, the more stressed you’ll feel and the more you’ll feel like a cigarette. Worse still, smokers are at greater risk wh... more

Treatment: Hoarding worsens medicine shortage

27 April 2020

Almost 600 medicines, vaccines and vital cancer treatments are in short supply, with stocks of 75 of them critically low, thanks to COVID-19 panic-buying. The shortages, which existed before the coronavirus emerged, have grown by 33 per cent in the p... more

Tobacco: Virus a new reason to give up smoking

23 April 2020

With the combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the influenza season on the horizon, there really has never been a better time to quit smoking. We know that smoking can put you at greater risk of getting chest infections and influenza, and emerging... more

Research: Biotech scores Gilead partnership

23 April 2020

Melbourne-based biotech oNKo-Innate has scored a major three year research partnership with global biotech giant Gilead and its subsidiary Kite to further develop its immunotherapy research. The business, founded by PhD scientists Jai Rautela and Nic... more

Public Health: Cancer goes undiagnosed as people avoid their docs

23 April 2020

Cancer and other chronic diseases are going undiagnosed as Australians fearful of COVID-19 avoid their doctor – and those most at risk are not using new telehealth solutions. Since new telehealth rebates were introduced on March 13, there have been m... more

Public Health: Cancer diagnoses concerns as visits to doctors drop off

23 April 2020

Cancers and heart disease are going undiagnosed as people avoid visiting a doctor during the COVID-19 outbreak, doctors say. Doctors around the country are reporting a significant drop in cancer diagnoses in April. They have also raised concerns abou... more

Medical and Scientific: We’re on the road to freedom

22 April 2020

The Prime Minister declared “we are already on the road back” to reopening society, as he unveiled a “gradual restart” to elective surgery, with category two and some category three procedures able to go ahead after the Anzac Day weekend. Post-cancer... more

Medical and Scientific: Elective surgeries given the go-ahead

22 April 2020

Elective surgeries suspended during the coronavirus pandemic will resume on Monday as hospitals reopen about a quarter of waiting lists. Post-cancer reconstructive procedures will be one of the surgeries in focus, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison sai... more

Medical and Scientific: Restrictions stay for at least three more weeks

22 April 2020

Elective surgeries suspended during the coronavirus crisis will start again on Monday, with hospitals expected to re-open about a quarter of operating waiting lists, including post-cancer reconstructive procedures. Category two and three elective pro... more

Medical and Scientific: Surgery set to restart

22 April 2020

Elective surgery will resume next week after Scott Morrison announced the National Cabinet had decided to ease virus restrictions. The reopening is largely thanks to extra personal protective equipment secured by the Federal Government and the slowin... more

Research: Early cancer checks are key

21 April 2020

Screening for bowel cancer at a younger age based on family history could improve early detection and in some, help prevent the disease, scientists say. An analysis by researchers in the US suggests almost all patients between 40 and 49 years of age ... more

Research: Adelaide uni strikes cancer test agreement

21 April 2020

Sienna Cancer Diagnostics and the University of Adelaide have announced a licencing partnership around a process which has the potential to detect a sugar molecule only present in cancer cells. University of Adelaide and Griffith University researche... more

Treatment: Inside our empty hospitals

20 April 2020

With COVID-19 infections remaining low in WA, 544 as of yesterday, the Australian Medical Association has called on the Health Minister to restart some elective surgeries — something Roger Cook says he is supportive of, confirming he backs a phased a... more

Research: Health pills no shortcut

20 April 2020

Taking vitamin supplements does not guarantee a healthier, longer life and in some cases can increase the risk of serious illness. A 20-year US Institute of Health study found those who take supplements to have the same likelihood of early death as p... more

Treatment: New breast cancer drug

20 April 2020

US regulators have approved a new drug, Tukysa, for an aggressive type of breast cancer that can spread to the brain. The Food and Drug Administration said the twice-daily pill is for people with what is known as HER2-positive breast cancer that has ... more

Health Services: Clinpath extends home tests service

17 April 2020

Clinpath Pathology’s at home collection services have been extended to include anyone that needs to undertake regular testing, including cancer patients. Clinpath Marketing’s engagement lead Charlie Robinson said, “It is imperative that regular medic... more

Research: Aspirin ‘cuts cancer risks’

17 April 2020

Taking aspirin just once or twice a week could lower the risk of getting several deadly cancers, scientists have claimed. The over-the-counter painkiller is believed to block an enzyme which helps tumours to form. Italian researchers looked at a rang... more

Screening and Immunisation: Taskforce could ease medical restrictions

16 April 2020

A high-level taskforce has been set up to advise the Palaszczuk Government about when some cancer screening services can restart, though it will depend on whether the state’s protective equipment is considered adequate amid the continuing coronavirus... more

Screening and Immunisation: Elective surgeries and screening set to restart

16 April 2020

Some states are preparing to resume elective surgeries and health screenings after services were suspended to make hospital beds and equipment available for an expected influx of coronavirus patients. Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said, “We... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Good health a casualty of lockdowns

16 April 2020

Getting more sleep, eating healthier food, and exercising more is getting tougher in the lockdown period for many, a YouGov survey of 2085 Australians has found. More than one in three respondents (35 per cent) said they were doing less exercise now ... more

Treatment: Get set for 18-month wait on surgeries

14 April 2020

Nearly half a million people needing surgery could be waiting 18 months or longer as all non-urgent elective surgery has been cancelled, with some men currently being unable to get surgery for prostate cancer. Waiting times for elective surgery were ... more

Medical and Scientific: Alfred cluster probe bid

14 April 2020

A fatal coronavirus cluster at The Alfred hospital should be the subject of an inquiry to help avoid any other mass hospital infections, as sources claim cancer patients at The Alfred may have been infected by COVID-19 for days without being tested a... more

Health Services: Angst over closure of IVFs

14 April 2020

IVF clinics around Australia have stopped most egg collection and embryo transfers due to national guidelines around non-urgent elective procedures. Hobart-based fertility doctor Bill Watkins, said exceptions would be made at his clinic for cancer pa... more

Medical and Scientific: ‘Concerned’: number of health workers with virus doubles

14 April 2020

Almost 160 Victorian healthcare workers have been infected with coronavirus, a figure which has doubled in a week, prompting the state’s peak medical body to demand an explanation from authorities. The Australian Medical Association’s state president... more

Medical and Scientific: Virus cases spreading inside NSW hospitals

14 April 2020

COVID-19 clusters are blooming within several Australian hospitals, as the virus spreads between staff, patients and their visitors from untraceable sources. Undetected coronavirus cases have infiltrated wards and units at Westmead Hospital, The Alfr... more

Tobacco: WHO warns on tobacco industry role in vaccine

14 April 2020

The World Health Organisation has warned governments about engaging with the tobacco industry over the development of coronavirus vaccines. British American Tobacco said this month, that it had made a breakthrough in developing a potential plant-base... more

Alcohol and Tobacco: Raise your glass to a dry isolation

09 April 2020

Drinking alcohol and smoking are common ways to cope with stress, uncertainty or boredom and reaching for a drink or cigarette can feel like an escape. Alison Lai, chief executive of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania, says all ... more

Medical and Scientific: Alfred cancer ward staff return after outbreak

08 April 2020

Dozens of medical staff at The Alfred have been cleared to return to work following a cluster of COVID-19 cases in the oncology ward. A spokeswoman for The Alfred said it could take weeks or even months before the source of the infection was determin... more

Public Health: Breast best in health battle

06 April 2020

Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer, a study has found. The international study involving QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute researchers discovered ovarian cancer risk may be cut by almost 25 per cent in women w... more

Treatment: Immunotheraphy offers melanoma breakthrough

06 April 2020

A decade ago, a diagnosis of advanced or stage four melanoma was effectively a death sentence within six to nine months. Leading medical oncologist, Associate Professor Alex Menzies from Melanoma Institute Australia, believes immunotherapy – using th... more

Medical and Scientific: 100 staff isolated as fatal hospital cluster probed

06 April 2020

The Alfred Hospital is at the centre of a coronavirus cluster, having so far claimed three lives, while the origin of the outbreak remains unknown. The hospital has since ordered 100 staff members to go into isolation while investigation continues in... more

Tobacco: Smokers face increased risk

06 April 2020

Smokers are at greater danger of COVID-19, according to new research. Early data from China and Italy suggests smokers may face twice the risk of having a severe case of coronavirus. Quit director, Dr Sarah White, said the combination of a reduced im... more

Medical and Scientific: Alfred virus cluster as third patient dies

03 April 2020

The death of a woman in her 60s on Wednesday night was the sixth coronavirus fatality in Victoria. The woman was admitted to The Alfred about five weeks ago for treatment and tested positive to COVID-19 on Friday. Her death has intensified concerns a... more

Medical and Scientific: Cluster spread across cancer ward

03 April 2020

The sixth Victorian to die from COVID-19 was part of a cluster of 15 cases linked to The Alfred hospital’s cancer ward. On Thursday, The Alfred revealed a woman in her 60s had become the third inpatient in the haematology and oncology ward to succumb... more

Medical and Scientific: Westmead radiation therapists test positive for COVID-19

03 April 2020

Two radiation therapists at Westmead Hospital’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre have been diagnosed with COVID-19, sending two cancer patients and roughly 20 radiation oncology staff into quarantine. In a statement Western Sydney Local Health Distr... more

Tobacco: Chance for smokers

02 April 2020

Smokers have an opportunity to kick their habit during this time of spatial distancing as a combination of influenza and COVID-19 are likely to have a greater impact, including higher hospitalisation and death rates, on them over the coming months. E... more

Medical and Scientific: Revealed: 15 dead from three sources

02 April 2020

Three-quarters of all deaths in Australia resulting from the coronavirus pandemic are linked to just three sources of infection — the Ruby Princess and three other returning cruise ships, an aged care facility and the cancer treatment ward of a major... more

Tobacco: COVID-19 risk greater for smokers

01 April 2020

Tasmanian respiratory researcher Dr Sukhwinder Sohal has warned smokers of the serious risk posed to them from coronavirus, urgently warning Tasmanians to give up the habit. Dr Sohal’s team at the University of Tasmania has just published research fi... more

Medical and Scientific: Hospital virus deaths were cancer patients

30 March 2020

Two cancer patients at The Alfred Hospital Melbourne, died on Wednesday 25th March after having been infected with COVID-19. The two men, aged in their 70s were being treated for blood cancers in the Alfred’s oncology department. The hospital confirm... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Fat lot of good for poor Aussies

26 March 2020

Inequality in obesity levels between the rich and poor is resulting in more than 3500 extra deaths and adding $1 billion to Australia’s public health expenditure each year. The study is the first to estimate the human and economic costs of Australia’... more

Research: Radioactive scans could be life savers

24 March 2020

An improved prostate cancer scan, called a PSMA-PET/CT scan, could save lives by detecting those at risk of recurrence. The study found using a radioactive molecule, which sticks to prostate cancer cells and lights them up during a scan, to be 27 per... more

Research: High-tech health hub

23 March 2020

South Australia’s health industry is reaching for the next frontier of cancer treatment and the impact will be far-reaching, saving lives, accelerating science and technology businesses, and enhancing the new world of radiation and clinical research.... more

Tobacco: E-liquids enticing the young

16 March 2020

Cancer Council WA is calling for a ban on all e-cigarette liquids amid concerns of some Perth retailers displaying fruit and flavoured e-liquids next to kids toys and sweets. Make Smoking History manager, Libby Jardine said these products were eviden... more

Research: Kid brain cancer boost

16 March 2020

Perth researchers have been awarded a $200,000 grant to develop a less toxic treatment for childhood brain cancer. Dr Nicholas Gottardo and the team at the Telethon Kids Institute are developing a therapy that uses the patient’s own immune system to ... more

Tobacco: City to consider no-vaping zones

13 March 2020

Melbourne City Council is set to ban e-cigarettes in existing smoke-free zones in parts of the CBD. Eleven no-smoking areas will be set up if the council passes an amendment next Tuesday night. Lord mayor Sally Capp said, ‘‘E-cigarettes are relativel... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Better health is all about the nuts

11 March 2020

Every Australian would need to eat an extra 9kg of nuts each year to help lower their risk of cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer and type 2 diabetes, new research shows. The University of Wollongong study, published in Public Health Nutrit... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Snack attack: students hit with 2800 junk food ads

11 March 2020

Sydney students view up to 2800 advertisements for junk food while travelling to and from school each year, prompting Cancer Council NSW to call for a ban on such ads being displayed on government property. Research published by the Sax Institute yes... more

Tobacco: Senator calls for import ban on liquid-nicotine products

11 March 2020

Australia needs to ban the importation of liquid nicotine for use in e-cigarettes to protect young people’s health, South Australian Senator Stirling Griff says. But the nation’s leading retail lobby says such a move would drive people back to tradit... more

Tobacco: Pushing poison

11 March 2020

Illegal liquid nicotine is being sold throughout Melbourne despite a host of laws banning the poisonous e-cigarette products. In frustration at inaction by government authorities, Quit Victoria last week visited several CBD stores to purchase alleged... more

Medical and Scientific: Well-suited treatment

09 March 2020

A new artificial intelligence assisted technology means one prostate cancer expert can provide a tailor-made treatment. Dr Amy Teh said the new radiotherapy treatment meant fewer side effects and a better experience for her patients. “You can actuall... more

Tobacco: Vape shops obey the law

09 March 2020

Audits of 31 licensed e-cigarette and vaping retailers in Adelaide have registered no serious breaches of new packaging and advertising laws. In March 2019, the e-cigarette industry in South Australia became more regulated. Advertising and point-of-s... more

Occupation and Environment: Firefighting foam linked to cancer

04 March 2020

A landmark finding that there is ‘‘good evidence’’ toxic firefighting chemicals potentially cause harmful health effects including cancer has undercut the federal government’s claim that the risks are ‘‘minimal’’ and left it exposed to the threat of ... more

Skin Cancer: New hope for skin cancer patients

02 March 2020

Melanoma patients forking out more than $100,000 for advanced cancer treatment will now be able to access cheaper medicines. From today, the Morrison Government has added a host of Opdivo (nivolumab) treatments to the medicines that are on the Pharma... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Delivery apps blasted for junk food

02 March 2020

Public health advocates have denounced the move by food delivery companies Uber Eats and Deliveroo to partner with convenience stores to deliver junk food. Two weeks ago, BP service stations expanded their ‘‘Couch Food’’ range in a partnership with D... more

Alcohol: Truth about a glass half full

02 March 2020

A study has found people order more wine at a restaurant when a 370ml glass is placed in front of them, rather than a 300ml one. Study author Mark Pilling, from the University of Cambridge’s Behaviour and Health Research Unit, said: “Pouring wine fro... more

Tobacco: Vape imports up in smoke

02 March 2020

A crackdown on Australians who illegally import nicotine vaping products online is imminent, in a move set to reignite debate over whether e-cigarettes are helpful for smokers who need help to quit. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is seeking to tig... more

Research: Breast Cancer Find

28 February 2020

Australian researchers have played a key role in the world’s biggest genetic analysis of breast cancer risk, laying the foundations for the development of new preventive drugs and earlier treatments. Geneticist Georgia Chenevix-Trench, of the QIMR Be... more

Tobacco: Retail gift incentives to boost tobacco sales

27 February 2020

Tobacco companies are offering cash and gift incentives to retailers to boost sales of cigarettes, with one shop owner admitting to getting a $1000 bar tab to throw a party for staff, new research out today reveals. A national Cancer Council probe in... more

Screening and Immunisation: Device picks up cancer precursor

27 February 2020

An electronic nose has been found to accurately detect a condition which precedes oesophageal cancer. The device can pick up Barrett’s oesophagus, a condition where healthy cells in the food pipe are replaced by abnormal ones, and often a precursor t... more

Screening and Immunisation: No benefit in screening

26 February 2020

Women aged 75 and older do not benefit from regular breast screening mammograms, researchers have reported. Although studies clearly show mammograms starting at age 50 prevent breast cancer deaths, until now, doctors have had little evidence about wh... more

Supportive Care: Bold bid to cut cancer deaths

26 February 2020

New blood cancer forecasts recommend the country change its approach to the disease to avoid dire outcomes. Leukaemia Foundation chief executive Bill Petch flew to Tasmania this week to discuss the “big year” ahead in the fight against blood cancer. ... more

Research: Cancer researchers find a pot of gold

26 February 2020

Australia's world-leading minerals industry has taken the next step in its successful industry positioning campaign with new ads showing how Australian gold is helping in the fight against cancer. The next stage of the Minerals Council of Australia’s... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Cancer weight gain risk

26 February 2020

Women are gaining more than 20 kilograms after a breast cancer diagnosis and it’s increasing the chance their cancer will return. Researchers from NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University and ICON Cancer Centre, Sydney Adventist Hosp... more

Treatment: $1m for nine researchers to unravel killer diseases

25 February 2020

Nine Adelaide researchers have been awarded a total of $1 million in grants by the Hospital Research Foundation to fight deadly diseases and improve the health and wellbeing of the community. The foundation is the largest non-government funder of med... more

Treatment: Govt rejects judging benefits of chemo use

24 February 2020

A $5000 test that can indicate whether a breast cancer patient needs chemotherapy has been rejected for a government subsidy even though it would mean thousands of women could avoid cancer treatment. The Government’s Medical Services Advisory Committ... more

Tobacco: Crime licks its lips as tobacco tax soars

24 February 2020

The nation’s police forces and Border Force have warned that a string of tax increases on tobacco, aimed at cutting Australia’s smoking rate, has encouraged organised criminals into the market just as the excise on a single cigarette is poised to hit... more

Tobacco: NZ to ban vaping ads

24 February 2020

New Zealand will introduce laws banning all advertisements of e-cigarettes and the sale of such products to people under 18 in a move to regulate a market that has been under pressure globally. The Bill, posted on the health ministry’s website, also ... more

Supportive Care: Plea for more action to tackle insidious cancer

24 February 2020

Women with ovarian cancer wait an average of 32 weeks for a diagnosis, national figures have found. And 1500 women in Australia will be diagnosed with the disease this year. It comes as calls are renewed for more research and funding into the disease... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer hope in urine test

24 February 2020

A simple urine test could spot bladder cancer 10 years before symptoms appear, according to a major study led by the World Health Organisation. Detection of bladder cancer is usually very poor. If it is spotted at the earliest stage, there is a 90 pe... more

Tobacco: Parents fear e-cigs

20 February 2020

Three out of four Australian parents are scared their children might try e-cigarettes, with many calling for a ban on flavoured vaping products that may appeal to teens. A Royal Children’s Hospital poll of parents found 87 per cent supported a ban on... more

Medical and Scientific: High hopes for cancer drug

17 February 2020

Biotech Noxopharm says a clinical trial suggests its experimental drug was able to extend the average lifespan of 32 men with terminal prostate cancer. The men were treated with Noxopharm’s Veyonda in combination with Novartis’ $6 billion experimenta... more

Medical and Scientific: More sex, more risk of cancer

17 February 2020

Sex does not cause cancer, but a sex-centric lifestyle might. According to a new study, those who had 10 or more sexual partners during their lifetime were 91 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than women with one or zero partners. “Pre... more

Medical and Scientific: Drug can disrupt kids' cancer

17 February 2020

Australian research may have uncovered a clue — and a drug — to treat a cancer deadly to children under five. Professor Maria Kavalaris, from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Bio Nano Science and her team found tumours contained an increased number of... more

Medical and Scientific: Childhood cancer cases to rise by 7pc

17 February 2020

Australia's childhood cancer rate is projected to jump another 7 per cent by 2035 after rising 1.2 per cent a year in the decade to 2015. The slow, but steady rise, follows a 10-year period when childhood cancer incidence rates in Australia were stab... more

Skin Cancer: How a quick walk puts you at risk

17 February 2020

You need to apply sunscreen for your morning commute, school run or trip to the shops — or greatly increase your risk of getting skin cancer, new research has found. While fewer people are sunbaking on the beach, new research shows two in three still... more

Tobacco: GPs hit 'big tobacco' on vaping products

17 February 2020

Doctors are fighting an application by global tobacco giant Philip Morris International to sell its ‘‘heat not burn’’ products in Australia, warning there is ‘‘no evidence’’ the product is any safer than smoking cigarettes. The Royal Australian Colle... more

Research: Bold $100m cancer plan

13 February 2020

Research, new equipment and improved screening will be the centrepieces of an audacious plan to abolish breast cancer within a decade. The National Breast Cancer Foundation aims to raise $10 million a year for the next 10 years to achieve zero deaths... more

Treatment: Decoding a cure for rare cancers

12 February 2020

Cancer patients suffering from rare or aggressive forms of the disease could soon be able to specifically tailor treatment to their genes, making it easier to attack the disease. A new genomic sequencing test, led by researchers at Melbourne Universi... more

Supportive Care: Regions suffer as cancer hits

12 February 2020

A 13 per cent improvement in blood cancer survival rates in Australia could save more than 22,000 lives over the next 15 years. The issue is most critical in regional Australia, where more than half of those diagnosed with a blood cancer aren’t seen ... more

Occupation and Environment: Silica dust disease cases rise in NSW

12 February 2020

An upswing in cases of deadly silica dust disease in NSW has prompted the government to launch a public education blitz about the dangers of working with manufactured stone. State government figures revealed in Parliament yesterday show there were 70... more

Treatment: CSIRO innovation fund backs AI bid to speed up health treatments

11 February 2020

Two Australian robotics engineers and a medical doctor have won backing from the CSIRO’s innovation fund for a plan to use predictive analytics and machine learning to speed up treatments for prostate cancer and hepatitis C. In contrast to traditiona... more

Medical and Scientific: Study gets a read on cancer key

07 February 2020

A decade-long study sequencing the genomes of dozens of cancers has revealed the secrets of how tumours form and may pave the way for better and more targeted treatment. The Pan-Cancer Project brought together more than 1300 researchers globally to t... more

Supportive Care: Cancer deaths predicted to rise in poor countries

05 February 2020

The UN health agency yesterday warned cancer cases would rise by 81 per cent in low and middle-income countries by 2040 because of a lack of investment in prevention and care. “This is a wake-up call to all of us to tackle the unacceptable inequaliti... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: A red alert

05 February 2020

Eating red meat just twice a week raises the risk of early death, according to a major 30-year study. Processed food such as bacon and sausages and unprocessed steaks and chops were all found to raise mortality rates. The US researchers  tracked near... more

Medical and Scientific: Women's cancers link to men's prostate risk

05 February 2020

Men with a family history of breast and ovarian cancers are at higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, experts warn. The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia said that while having a family history of prostate cancer significantly inc... more

Supportive care: Mobile cancer attack

04 February 2020

Text message alerts are being trialled as the latest weapon against one of Australia’s biggest killer cancers and to convince people to save their own lives. With six out of 10 Australians turning their back on the free bowel screening kits that coul... more

Supportive care: Alarm sounds on spike in blood cancers

04 February 2020

Better access to treatments, clinical trials and early diagnostics will be critical to preventing a spike in blood cancers across Australia over the next 15 years. A major health taskforce has been established to advise the Federal Government on how ... more

Public Health: Cancer deaths rise alarming

04 February 2020

Cancer deaths in WA are expected to soar by 33 per cent over the next five years, prompting authorities to draw up plans to cope with increased demands on the State’s public health system. More than 5500 West Australians will die from cancer in 2025,... more

Tobacco: Old cigarette butts still pose threat to children

03 February 2020

Scientists have discovered a new form of cigarette danger and it comes from long-time dead butts. In what they have labelled “after smoke”, researchers for the first time have found that there is a shock level of airborne nicotine emissions coming fr... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer battle

03 February 2020

Some 62 million deaths could be prevented if the world’s poorest nations urgently increase cervical cancer services, new research suggests. Two studies published yesterday found 62 million lives could be saved over the next 100 years if 78 countries ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Culture for cancer

03 February 2020

Experts have suggested that a serve of yoghurt a day could help prevent breast cancer. Academics at Lancaster University in the UK found natural-based yoghurt contains milk with similar healthy lactose fermenting bacteria to the cultures found in the... more

Tobacco: Not too late for smokers to turn back the clock

31 January 2020

Smokers can effectively turn back time in their lungs by kicking the habit, with healthy cells emerging to replace some of their tobacco-damaged and cancer-prone ones, a new study shows. The study published in the journal Nature found that the body a... more

Tobacco: Worry over vaping deaths

31 January 2020

Two deaths in England that may be linked to vaping are being investigated by the medicines watchdog. The Medicines and Healthcare regulatory agency has also had 20 reports of bad reactions to vaping. Public Health England advises using e-cigarettes a... more

Screening and Immunisation: Chronic health flaws cost nation

31 January 2020

Major deficiencies in the management of people with chronic disease have been exposed by the Productivity Commission in a new report that also reveals that only about half of older people are regularly screened for breast and bowel cancer. It showed ... more

Public Health: Americans live longer

31 January 2020

Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is just a month but it marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses, says the report ... more

Treatment: Trial offers hope to lung cancer patients

30 January 2020

A trial will individually test lung cancer patients to create a personalised treatment plan and avoid unnecessary side effects and procedures. The new treatment will be offered to 1000 patients newly diagnosed with non-squamous, non-small cell lung c... more

Tobacco: Too costly to quit smokes

29 January 2020

Doctors are calling for the Government to widen the net of subsidies for nicotine replacement medicines as daily smoking is three times higher in poorer areas of the country where smokers struggle to afford quitting aids. The Royal Australian College... more

Occupation and Environment: J&J CEO testifies in a baby-powder court case for the first time

29 January 2020

Johnson & Johnson chief executive Alex Gorsky testified in court on Monday for the first time in litigation over the safety of his company’s signature baby powder, saying the company has taken steps to ensure it is safe to use. “I was told by exp... more

Treatment: 'Cutting edge' $500,000 treatment for blood cancers

28 January 2020

Australians battling highly aggressive blood cancers could start a ground-breaking treatment within weeks after the federal government signed a new funding deal for the therapy that uses the body’s own immune system to fight the disease. Adult patien... more

Tobacco: GPs cautiously recommend e-cigarettes to help give up

28 January 2020

The use of nicotine-based e-cigarettes has been cautiously recommended as a potential second-line aid for people who want to quit smoking. In an updated guide on supporting smokers to stop, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP... more

Tobacco: More heat on vaping

28 January 2020

There was not enough evidence to conclude that e-cigarettes helped smokers quit tobacco, a US government report said, as the vaping industry faced increased regulatory pressures. The advice was contrary to that provided by the British government, whi... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Lunch box salt shaker

28 January 2020

School lunch box sweet treats have been exposed as containing record levels of salt. They contain so much salt that a child would exceed their entire sodium intake for the day by eating a single choc chip muffin. Obesity campaigners LiveLighter check... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fat chance our kids can avoid obesity unless marketing reined in

28 January 2020

Marketing campaigns are fuelling childhood obesity and influencing what children choose to eat, an international report has found. The report, from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), found junk food marketing affects what kids “want, buy and eat”... more

Medical and Scientific: Doctors overkill cancer scrutiny

28 January 2020

About 11,000 cancers in women and 18,000 in men are being over-diagnosed in Australia each year, subjecting people to unnecessary surgery and chemotherapy that can make them sterile and very ill. These people would never have experienced symptoms or ... more

Skin cancer: Burning issues for children

24 January 2020

Kids with severe sunburn are presenting to emergency departments at alarming rates. One in every five cases of sunburn that presented to an emergency department in the 2018-2019 financial period were children under the age of nine. A further 32 per c... more

Medical and Scientific: Discovery for the ages

24 January 2020

Australian researchers have uncovered the genes that will make you healthy and able to live a long life, in a major scientific breakthrough. The Garvan Institute of Medical Research has mapped the genomic data of 4000 Australians aged over 70 who hav... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer screening alarm

24 January 2020

Queensland Health will offer renewed cancer screening to 760 patients who had “scopes” at Redland Hospital between 2008 and 2012 after concerns emerged about the “thoroughness” of a doctor who retired more than five years ago. Courier Mail Brisbane,... more

Tobacco: Cigarette prices 'driving crime'

23 January 2020

The founder of Border Force’s illegal tobacco squad says increased cigarette prices have generated a corresponding increase in criminals stealing cigarettes – which have become ‘‘as expensive as silver’’ – to sell on the booming black market. A serie... more

Tobacco: No safe way to vape

23 January 2020

E-cigarettes are “not safe” and are harmful to wellbeing, global health chiefs warn. In a series of strongly worded tweets, they said there was not enough evidence the devices should be used by people who were trying to quit smoking. Vaping was parti... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer cell optimism

22 January 2020

A newly discovered type of killer immune cell has raised the prospect of a “universal” cancer therapy, scientists say. Researchers at Cardiff University suggest a new T-cell receptor offers hope of a “onesize-fits-all” cancer therapy. T-cell therapie... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer blocker hopes

22 January 2020

A common pill used to treat anxiety and high blood pressure could become a breast cancer wonder drug. In a breakthrough discovery, a Melbourne study has found that beta blockers slow the spread of the disease that killed an estimated 3000 Australian ... more

Medical and Scientific: Danger in child cancer

20 January 2020

Survivors of childhood cancer are five times more likely to develop a “second primary cancer” than members of the general population, according to new research published today. While survivors are most at risk of relapsing during the five years after... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Mother's diet link to illness

20 January 2020

Pregnant women could help protect their babies from future heart disease and cancer by avoiding a fatty diet, Australian research reveals. The study, led by University of Sydney researcher and Heart Foundation future leader fellow, associate professo... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer test call

20 January 2020

A gynaecologist is calling on women in the west to get their cervix screened after Maribyrnong ranked as a cervical cancer hot spot. Kingsville and Seddon have the highest rate of cervical cancer in Victoria at 29 per cent above the Australian averag... more

Treatment: SA breast scan cost highest in nation

13 January 2020

South Australian women are facing the highest out-of-pocket costs for breast cancer scans in the country. New figures show South Australian women are paying $126.42 on average for a scan if they go through the private sector. A federal Health Departm... more

Research: Cancer research gets $3m boost

13 January 2020

Almost $3 million in funding has been awarded to South Australian researchers from Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project. A total of 13 new projects have been funded in the latest round of grants across a range of cancers, focusing on better ways to d... more

Skin cancer: Save your skin at the beach

13 January 2020

Shocking skin cancer data reveals that Melbourne’s bayside suburbs of Sandringham and Black Rock are Victoria’s melanoma capitals. The adjoining suburbs recorded 36 per cent more cases than the national average between 2010 and 2014. Herald Sun Melb... more

Research: Cancer stalks coast

13 January 2020

Mornington is the Victorian epicentre for a cancer that kills about 3500 Australian men every year. The peninsula village had 73 per cent more cases of prostate cancer than the national average — the highest rate in Victoria. The latest figures from ... more

Treatment: New 'spray on' chemo offers hope

13 January 2020

New ‘spray on’ chemotherapy being tested in Melbourne is giving fresh hope to cancer patients. The therapy administers cancer-fighting drugs directly to the tumour site using an aerosol spray instead of being injected into the bloodstream. Epworth He... more

Public Health: Cancer survival among world’s best

10 January 2020

While the fall in cancer death rates in the US is making headlines across the world, Australia has quietly been doing just as well and, in some cancers, doing even better because of its universal healthcare system. Professor Sanchia Aranda, chief exe... more

Public Health: Cancer death rate in steady decline in US

10 January 2020

American Cancer Society reported yesterday that the cancer death rate in the United States fell 2.2 per cent from 2016 to 2017 — the largest single-year decline in cancer mortality ever reported. Since 1991 the rate has dropped 29 per cent, which tra... more

Occupation and Environment: Talcum in clear

09 January 2020

Fears that using talcum powder can increase women’s risk of ovarian cancer are groundless, says a study. The verdict comes despite 22 victims winning damages after a jury found using talc had caused their cancer. But a study of 252,745 women says the... more

Tobacco: Vape mistakes

08 January 2020

Fifteen South Australians, including 10 children, have been exposed to dangerous levels of nicotine after ingesting liquid from e-cigarettes or vapes, and authorities warn the number could be much higher. Figures obtained by The Advertiser from the P... more

Tobacco: Trial to help SA smokers butt out their habit

07 January 2020

A world-first clinical trial will be conducted in Adelaide to help long-term smokers who live in low socio-economic areas to kick their addiction. Flinders University will host the Cancer Australia funded trial, which will focus on the city’s poorer ... more

Treatment: Major boost in breast cancer battle

06 January 2020

A life-changing new medicine will now be cheaper for Australian women battling advanced breast cancer. The important new treatment, Verzenio, has been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme from January 1 this year to significantly reduce the c... more

Treatment: Less chemo helps men with testicular cancer

06 January 2020

Men with testicular cancer could be spared some of the side effects of chemotherapy with new research suggesting their treatment could be halved. A new clinical trial concluded the cancer can be prevented from coming back using half the amount of che... more

Tobacco: US acts to stem youth vape crisis

06 January 2020

The US Congress has voted to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21 to stem the rising tide of youth vaping. Passed by the Senate as part of a wider budgetary bill, it will take effect next year and mean that tobacco and ... more

Tobacco: Vaping push to non-smokers

06 January 2020

Advertising for electronic cigarettes is pushing non-smokers and young people to take up vaping, despite the health risks. Researchers from Macquarie University reviewed 43 studies involving 27,303 people globally to examine the effect of e-cigarette... more

Tobacco: Flavoured vape ban

06 January 2020

The US government is banning most flavoured e-cigarettes in a bid to curb the rising tide of youth vaping. The Food and Drug Administration said cartridge-based e-cigarettes in flavours other than tobacco or menthol would be illegal unless specifical... more

Tobacco: E-cigs spark a few ifs and butts

06 January 2020

Vaping should be completely banned over emerging health concerns and vaping-related deaths overseas. This is the slim majority view dividing more than 4000 South Australians involved in the Sunday Mail’s survey. Just over half said that vaping should... more

Support: Genetic key may bring pain relief

06 January 2020

Scientists have discovered how to switch off a key “pain gene”, dramatically raising hopes of a long-term treatment to relieve the agony of serious illness for millions. The revolutionary technique alters a patient’s DNA, silencing a gene that transm... more

Screening and Immunisation: AI proves its cancer nous

06 January 2020

A google artificial intelligence system proved as good as expert radiologists at detecting which women had breast cancer based on screening mammograms and showed promise at reducing errors, researchers report. The study, published in the journal Natu... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fitness hope for cancer survival

06 January 2020

The UK’s National Health Service is hoping that a new pre-treatment fitness program will lead to better odds of survival for thousands of cancer patients. People who have been diagnosed with the disease are being given the option of entering into a “... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Bring home nitrate-free bacon to avoid cancer

06 January 2020

Not all processed meat has the same cancer risk, new research suggests. A study published yesterday in the journal Nutrients has questioned the World Health Organisation’s blanket classification of processed meat as carcinogenic. Researchers say they... more

Research: Higher BMI 'protects'

06 January 2020

People with a high body mass index in some cases have a better chance of surviving certain cancers, Flinders University research has found. Its study used clinical trials of atezolizumab — an immunotherapy treatment for non small-cell lung cancer — a... more

Skin cancer: Dentists give tooth on cancer

06 January 2020

Australian dentists are joining the fight against skin cancer, taking an interest in the faces of patients rather than just their teeth and gums. Australian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics (AADFA) director Myles Holt said dentists are asking patie... more

Tobacco: Vaping up in smoke

06 January 2020

Tobacco: Fewer men lighting up

20 December 2019

The number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline worldwide. Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males “mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” the World Health Organisation... more

Support: Thanks for sharing

20 December 2019

The Instagram hashtag #breasties is used by breast cancer patients across the globe to share hidden insights about their treatment. RMIT University marketing researcher Lauren Gurrieri said information about breast cancer usually showed what happened... more

Skin Cancer: 'D' stands for danger as message lost

19 December 2019

The life-saving sun-safe message is getting lost, with Queenslanders making vital mistakes such as soaking up too much sun to boost their vitamin D. New research from Cancer Council out today highlights where sun safety is falling over. The latest da... more

Tobacco: US permits sale of cigarettes with 95 per cent less nicotine

19 December 2019

US health officials have endorsed a type of cigarette that could help ease the addictive grip of smoking by delivering very low levels of nicotine. The Food and Drug Administration will allow 22nd Century Group to begin selling the first low-nicotine... more

Support: Insurer sued for treatment denial

18 December 2019

Australia’s largest life insurer, TAL, has been sued in the Federal Court by the corporate watchdog after the company cancelled a cancer patient’s policy, claiming she had an unrelated “history of depression” that was not disclosed to the company.  ... more

Research: Cancer research gets $9m

18 December 2019

A South Australia researcher has received $560,412 to find more ways for the body’s own immune system to kill tumours. Acting Health Minister and South Australia Senator Anne Ruston yesterday announced $8.9 million for cancer research projects. The F... more

Medical and Scientific: Breast cancer super clinic

18 December 2019

A Queensland-first, innovative clinic has launched at the Princess Alexandra Hospital to predict the chances of a diagnosis in those who are at high risk of familial breast cancer. The Preventative High Risk Familial Breast Cancer Clinic will provide... more

Tobacco: E-cigarettes a smoking gun for lung disease

17 December 2019

Vaping could raise the risk of serious lung disease by almost a third, a study by the University of California has found. E-cigarette users are 29 per cent more likely to suffer conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma than people who have... more

Tobacco: Nicotine law 'will risk death'

17 December 2019

Nicotine fluid can no longer be possessed in the Northern Territory – even with a doctor’s prescription – in a move which health experts say could force ex-smokers back to cigarettes. A spokesman for Health Minister Natasha Fyles said promoting e-cig... more

Alcohol: Sobering new grog guide

17 December 2019

Australians will have to slash their alcohol consumption by four drinks per week to fit within stringent new guidelines issued by the nation’s peak medical body. Previously, the safe drinking guidelines allowed up to 14 drinks per week. That will be ... more

Tobacco: ABF seizes huge cigarette stash

16 December 2019

Almost 40 million illegal cigarettes have been seized in Melbourne in the past week. The Australian Border Force searched sea cargo shipments from China and X-rayed containers before finding the massive stash of tobacco. The shipment was declared as ... more

Medical and Scientific: SAHMRI century smasher on cancer

16 December 2019

Adelaide researchers leading an international clinical trial say they have made “the biggest breakthrough in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) treatment this century”. The project has demonstrated the safety and efficacy of a next-generation treatment ... more

Medical and Scientific: Risks alter with type of HRT

16 December 2019

Certain forms of hormone replacement therapy actually protect women against breast cancer, researchers have shown. After years of debate on the risks of HRT, new analysis presented to the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas suggests the type... more

Medical and Scientific: Hormones raise cancer threat

16 December 2019

Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they quit the pills, long-term results from a US federal study suggest. Although the risk is very small, doctors... more

Tobacco: Tobacco giant sticks up for 'safer' option

13 December 2019

Smoking giant Philip Morris wants to introduce a new tobacco product in Australia: heated “sticks” it claims are an alternative to vaping and smoking that “produce fewer and/or lower levels of toxic chemicals than cigarettes”. The heated tobacco prod... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer drugs results good

13 December 2019

Doctors in the US have reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer. One drug, Tucatinib, showed particular ability to reach tumours in the brain, which are notoriously tough t... more

Treatment: Putting stop to tumours

12 December 2019

A new type of cancer treatment that could potentially stop tumours growing and spreading has been discovered by Queensland scientists. The breakthrough by QIMR Berghofer researchers offers hope for patients with cancers that do not respond to current... more

Skin Cancer: Cancer on skin hits a new high

12 December 2019

The number of Queenslanders admitted to hospital for skin cancer has tripled in the past five years. New Medibank data has revealed a 177 per cent spike in patient admission, with 5670 in the last financial year. The Australian Institute of Health an... more

Skin cancer: Skin cancer hospital visits triple

11 December 2019

Hospital admissions for skin cancer in South Australia have tripled in the past five years. Analysis of Australian Cancer Council figures by Medibank shows there were more than 1300 hospital admissions in SA for skin cancer treatment last financial y... more

Skin cancer: Skin cancer rate shock

11 December 2019

The number of hospital admissions for skin cancer treatment in Tasmania has almost quadrupled over the past five years, new data from Medibank shows. Medibank chief customer officer David Koczkar said the increase in hospital admissions in Tasmania c... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Junk food advertising loophole

11 December 2019

Obesity experts want tougher restrictions on advertising junk food to children, after Kellogg’s exploited a loophole to tempt kids into consuming sugary foods via a colouring-in competition. The Ads Standards Community Panel, which oversees the food ... more

Skin Cancer: Public ignore crucial indicator of sun risk

09 December 2019

Only 9 per cent of South Australians check UV levels to determine their use of sun protection, despite UV exposure causing up to 95 per cent of melanoma skin cancers, Cancer Council SA research shows. Despite all the information out there, these resu... more

Skin Cancer: Slip, slop, slack

09 December 2019

Parents have become so focused on keeping their kids safe from the sun they are neglecting to look after their own skin, a new study has revealed. The research from life insurer TAL also reveals that eight in 10 Victorians said they could do more to ... more

Medical and Scientific: Grant backs chemo study

09 December 2019

There is new hope for cancer patients suffering from painful side effects from chemotherapy, with a new remedy being developed to treat or even prevent the symptoms. The breakthrough research is one of 66 Australian projects sharing in $61 million in... more

Screening and Immunisation: Public input sought for lung cancer screening program

09 December 2019

Lung cancer is set to become the target of a new national screening program as cancer experts ask the public to help determine who should be eligible for testing. Cancer Australia is calling for submissions to help design a screening program that wil... more

Skin cancer: Parents at risk of skin cancer

06 December 2019

New research from life insurance agency TAL has revealed that Aussie parents are so focused on keeping their kids safe from the sun they neglect looking after their own skin. Almost 40 per cent of parents said they would always urge their children to... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Actively beating cancer

06 December 2019

Men who keep active cut their risk of prostate cancer by half. Experts say exercise, which can include gardening or walking, has a “far larger” protective effect than previously thought. A team funded by Cancer Research UK measured physical activity ... more

Medical and Scientific: Tapeworm a cancer hope

06 December 2019

Australian scientists studying a tapeworm commonly found in dogs have stumbled upon a potential new treatment for some human cancers. In what they describe as scientific serendipity, scientists from Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institut... more

Health Services: Breast cancer sufferers miss out on babies

04 December 2019

Young women with breast cancer are missing out on the chance to have a baby because their doctors are not referring them to fertility clinics before their treatment starts. Half the young women diagnosed with breast cancer were not referred to a fert... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Energy ‘boosters’ take toll on youths’ sleep

04 December 2019

A survey of more than 9000 students across Australia has found approximately one in 14 teenagers said that they consumed energy drinks at least weekly and one in four had consumed them at least once. Teens who consume energy drinks at least once a we... more

Health Services: Call for $650k in funding to help save lives

03 December 2019

A lack of government funding is putting the lives of women in remote communities at risk, with Senator Malarndirri McCarthy calling on the Morrison Government to invest in breast cancer screening in the Northern Territory. Mobile mammography unit “Mi... more

Skin Cancer: iPhone the next frontier in skin cancer detection

02 December 2019

Artificial intelligence could soon be used to diagnose melanoma more cheaply and accurately based on an algorithm developed by WA researchers. Findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, led by researchers from the Universi... more

Occupation and Environment: Should gardeners and farmers be worried about using world’s biggest-selling herbicide?

02 December 2019

In an explainer on glyphosate, the effects on farmers and gardeners using the herbicide is explored. Farmers say glyphosate is cheap, safe to use (when you follow the instructions) and works. It slashes farmers’ diesel bills because they don’t need t... more

Tobacco: Vaping up in smoke

29 November 2019

Massachusetts has become the first US state to ban flavoured tobacco and nicotine vaping products. The ban is meant to reduce the appeal to young people amid a rash of illnesses and deaths linked to vaping. Anti-smoking groups hailed the ban, which r... more

Public Health: Asia in focus

29 November 2019

In an article for the Courier Mail Brisbane, Senior Business Reporter, Glen Norris, writes that Asia is not only a region of rapidly expanding economies and wealth but one facing an increasing burden of disease associated with an ageing population. O... more

Medical and Scientific: Light at end of tunnel

29 November 2019

A light therapy used to treat skin cancer and sun spots is emerging as a promising treatment for reaching cancer cells deep in the body, with Australian researchers finding the first evidence of its ability to kill ovarian tumours. New research from ... more

Tobacco: Lobby says ban on vaping is just a smokescreen

28 November 2019

A ban on e-cigarettes should be lifted across Australia to help lifelong smokers kick the habit, a new vaping lobby says. The Australian Retailers Association, groups of retailers and some health specialists are united in a push to relax strict vapin... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette maker in court

28 November 2019

The District of Columbia is joining several states in suing e-cigarette maker Juul Labs, saying the company’s online ads and promotions illegally targeted minors. Washington, DC, Attorney-General Karl Racine announced the lawsuit, alleging that Juul’... more

Research: Why men are higher cancer risk

28 November 2019

Australian researchers have uncovered a new key reason why men are more likely than women to get and die from cancer. Scientists from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre found that a common gene mutation on the X chromosome involved in more than half of al... more

Tobacco: Vape poison alert

26 November 2019

A surge in potentially deadly e-cigarette poisonings and the strength of nicotine liquid detected in Victoria has prompted a fresh health warning over the dangers of vaping. Already this year the Victorian Poisons Information Centre has received 38 c... more

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer kills 1800 as one-in-12 snub test

24 November 2019

Many Aussies are putting themselves at risk this summer by not getting their skin checked. A new survey from the Skin Health Institute says only one in 12 Australians will prioritise a skin check, ranking it behind visits to the GP or dentist, or a b... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Radical plan to tackle obesity

24 November 2019

The Council of Australian Governments’ health council has released a consultation paper looking at ways to intercept the country’s expanding waist lines. The paper canvasses a broad range of solutions – including the politically sensitive sugar tax, ... more

Medical and Scientific: Hopes high in cancer trials

24 November 2019

Clinical trials on a new treatment expected to improve the survival rates for sufferers of lung and ovarian cancer will begin soon in South Australia. Recruiting patients for the trials will start in early 2020 thanks to a partnership between AusHeal... more

Medical and Scientific: Keeping cancer at bay

23 November 2019

Medical and Scientific: Keeping cancer at bayMen who take statins are 24 per cent less likely to get an aggressive form of prostate cancer, a study suggests. Scientists tracked more than 44,000 British men over more than two decades and found that th... more

Medical and Scientific: Watchdog waters down implant ban

22 November 2019

Cosmetic surgeons have been granted permission to use banned breast implants linked to a rare cancer as the national medical watchdog hints the devices may carry other safety risks. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved applications from ... more

Skin cancer: Cancer doctor's papers retracted

22 November 2019

Skin cancer expert Professor Anthony Dixon has had two journal articles retracted from The Australian Journal of General Practice after complaints from other cancer experts. After Professor Dixon’s articles were published in June, 18 of Australia’s t... more

Tobacco: Vaping ban for Phillipines

21 November 2019

A ban on e-cigarettes has been ordered by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to arrest anyone vaping publicly in a country that already has some of Asia’s toughest antismoking rules. He has also imposed a wide-ranging ban on smokin... more

Skin cancer: Aussies in skin cancer breakthrough

21 November 2019

Queensland researchers have taken another step towards the development of a genetic risk profile for melanoma that will allow doctors to warn parents about children most susceptible to excessive sun exposure. Scientists at the QIMR Berghofer Medical ... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette firm sued for aiming at minors

20 November 2019

California announced yesterday it is suing Juul, the US’s largest electronic cigarette manufacturer, for illegally targeting minors with its marketing campaigns. A joint lawsuit filed by California Attorney-General Xavier Becerra and his Los Angeles ... more

Support: Cancer drug now on PBS

20 November 2019

Australians with forms of lung cancer and leukaemia will have access to drugs under additions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme being announced today. The treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer and early-stage acute lymphoblastic leukae... more

Tobacco: Smoking rates on rise during pregnancy

19 November 2019

A leading tobacco researcher says new figures showing an increase in smoking among pregnant women in Tasmania adds fuel to the push for raising the smoking age. University of Tasmania School of Medicine adjunct researcher Kathryn Barnsley said the fi... more

Skin Cancer: Skin clinics a fast-track

19 November 2019

Dedicated skin cancer referral centres have opened in Western Australia, with the aim of giving people quicker and cheaper access to disease diagnoses and treatment. Skin Cancer WA works by offering GPs a direct way to refer people with suspected ski... more

Tobacco: Vaping advice smoked

18 November 2019

Doctors and tobacco experts have slammed new government guidelines on e-cigarettes claiming they exaggerate the harms of vaping nicotine and are forcing people back to smoking. New advice, released last week on a government health website - Health Di... more

Alcohol: Kids find online loophole to buy booze

18 November 2019

Children as young as 12 are exploiting online delivery systems to have alcohol and cigarettes sent straight to their homes or local post offices, with one in three getting booze delivered without an ID check. New research from the Foundation for Alco... more

Research: Child Cancer Therapy Hope

18 November 2019

Sydney researchers investigating one of the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer have made a “significant” breakthrough by discovering a new molecule that causes the diseased cells to grow. It gives new hope to children with neuroblastoma, a can... more

Skin Cancer: Teens still not sun smart: Experts

18 November 2019

Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey has sparked a call from Cancer Council for the government to run a national skin cancer awareness campaign. That was one of Australia’s great public health successes at its high point more than 12 years... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Hidden sugar in kids' snacks

13 November 2019

Fruit-filled toddler snacks promoted as healthy options contain more sugar than many junk foods, a shocking new study has found. The Obesity Coalition says parents are being misled about the risk because there is no clear labelling of added sugar. Th... more

Support: Study into burden of male cancer

12 November 2019

The first 10-year study of Australian men affected by prostate cancer has found many have long-term impairments to quality of life, sparking a call by experts for a change in the management of the disease. Cancer Council lead researcher, Associate Pr... more

Tobacco: Link in vape 'flu'

11 November 2019

US health officials announced a breakthrough into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a “very strong culprit”. The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the countr... more

Tobacco: Vape flavours vanish ahead of possible ban

11 November 2019

E-cigarette market leader Juul has said it is ending the sale of mint-flavoured products in the US, ahead of a possible ban by health authorities, intended to curtail youth vaping. President Donald Trump’s administration announced last month it would... more

Support: Cannabis treatment tied up in red tape

11 November 2019

The amount of time and effort involved in prescribing medicinal cannabis is stopping doctors from becoming involved with the legal therapy, while cost is proving a barrier for patients. It comes as cannabis trials get under way in Australia for poten... more

Research: Cancer risk lower than promoted, study finds

11 November 2019

The risk of being diagnosed with and dying of cancer has been over-estimated prompting calls to overhaul estimation methods, according to new research. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimates the lifetime risks of cancer diagn... more

Support: Cann pots deal with chemists

08 November 2019

Marijuana company Cann Group has signed a distribution deal to allow approved patients access to the company’s drugs at pharmacies around Australia. Symbion, which supplies healthcare products to 4000 retail pharmacies and 1300 hospitals around Austr... more

Medical and Scientific: Virus a cancer killer

08 November 2019

Cowpox inspired the vaccine which ended the scourge of smallpox 200 years ago and now the virus is being used to kill cancer. Scientists have engineered a new virus based on cowpox that is able to kill every known type of cancer cell in a petrie dish... more

Screening and Immunisation: At-home test to fight against cervical cancer

06 November 2019

An at-home, non-invasive screening for cervical precancer could increase compliance with recommended follow-up tests, according to research presented at a cancer conference. The new screening, called the S5 test, is based on a urine sample or a vagin... more

Medical and Scientific: Dr Google 'isn't right'

06 November 2019

Women's health experts say that more patients are requesting unproven tests and treatments, based on advice from online forums or social media influencers. IVF fertility specialist and gynaecologist Dr Raelia Lew said more women were relying on Dr Go... more

Research: Bringing sexy back

05 November 2019

An Australian-first study is investigating how ovarian cancer affects women’s body image and sexuality, with the aim of developing tools to improve their wellbeing and relationships. Researchers from the Royal Women’s Hospital want to recruit 130 Aus... more

Health Services: $28m upgrade for state's oncology program

04 November 2019

More than $28 million will be spent on new weapons in the state's fight against cancer. Premier Will Hodgman yesterday announced that the tenders to upgrade the state’s ageing oncology equipment had been awarded during the Walk4BrainCancer event in M... more

Medical and Scientific: Sex virus, smokes and grog fuel mouth cancer

04 November 2019

Oral cancer rates “have more than doubled in a generation”, according to a new awareness campaign by the UK-based non-profit Oral Health Foundation. The hygiene advocacy group warned people to be aware of the causes of mouth cancer – primarily the se... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer blood test push

04 November 2019

A simple blood test could detect breast cancer up to five years before any clinical signs of the disease. British researchers are developing the test which they say identifies the body’s immune response to substances produced by tumour cells. Details... more

Research: New find on cancer

04 November 2019

Men with higher levels of free testosterone and a growth hormone in their blood are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to new research. Factors such as ethnicity, age and family history are already known to increase the likel... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fast food labels is a big fat failure

01 November 2019

Labelling fast-food menu items with calorie counts only leads to a slight, short-term decrease in average calorie intake, a study has found. Researchers gathered data on almost 50 million menu purchases in the United States at 104 locations of a fast... more

Medical and Scientific: New drug shrinks tumours

31 October 2019

Adelaide lung and bowel cancer patients are among the first in the world to try a new anti-cancer drug that is shrinking tumours in cases where nothing else works. Oncologist and Adelaide University Professor Tim Price says the drug is an “exciting m... more

Medical and Scientific: RAH trial for SA cancer tracers

31 October 2019

South Australia based Ferronova has produced its first tiny cancer tracers for their journey into the human body in an attempt to find a new path to early detection of solid tumour cancers. Ferronova’s specialist polymer-coated iron oxide nanoparticl... more

Screening and Immunisation: Fatal gaps cost lives

30 October 2019

More than 1500 Victorian women are likely to have breast cancer without knowing it due to screening black holes across the state. New data shows almost half of Victorian women aged 50-74 are not participating in regular free screening. The analysis b... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Cancer ad triggers diet shift

30 October 2019

More Victorians say they intend to cut back on sugary drinks after being educated on their links to cancer. Cancer Council Victoria launched a public awareness campaign last October, which revealed the link between obesity and 13 types of cancer. Can... more

Support: Medicare rebate for breast MRI

29 October 2019

Women with breast cancer will be able to claim Medicare rebates for MRI scans for the first time, under changes to take effect this week. From November 1, women with or suspected to have breast cancer will be able to claim Medicare for the scans. The... more

Tobacco: Vaping illnesses decline

28 October 2019

Fewer reports of vaping illnesses are coming in, but US health officials say they are not sure what to make of it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 125 additional cases were reported in the last week, bringing the total to 1604 in ... more

Screening and Immunisation: Test for genetic condition in cancer patients could save lives

28 October 2019

A routine test of bowel cancer patients for a hereditary condition could save the lives of up to 80 high-risk patients a year. Lynch Syndrome greatly increases the risk of developing aggressive colorectal cancer in particular, but also increases the ... more

Skin Cancer: PBS drug help for melanoma

28 October 2019

Patients suffering from stage three melanoma will have new treatment options after the Federal Government extended subsidies on several drugs used after surgery. From November 1, the drugs dabrafenib, sold in Australia as Tafinlar, and trametinib, ma... more

Health Services: Failure on hepatitis B

26 October 2019

Hundreds of Australians are expected to die from liver cancer because the nation is failing to meet its targets to eliminate hepatitis B. Despite setting a national plan and having effective treatments to combat the infectious disease, Australia is f... more

Health Services: Kids cancer service gets $22m boost

25 October 2019

Australia’s youngest cancer victims will receive a $22 million Federal Government boost today. CanTeen, which supports Australians aged 12-24 with their cancer diagnosis or those who have a family member with cancer, will receive the funding to conti... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Mexico joins obesity fight

24 October 2019

Mexico’s Senate has passed changes to the health law aimed at reducing the country’s obesity crisis by requiring warning labels on processed foods with high levels of sugar, saturated fat, sodium and calories. Three United Nations agencies had urged ... more

Tobacco: Why life's a drag in the Sunshine State

24 October 2019

In an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report to be released today, it has been revealed that Queenslanders are smoking more than any other mainland state. More than 15 per cent of Queenslanders are daily smokers, compared with the national... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Prostate cancer risk rises with high levels of dairy

23 October 2019

Eating high levels of dairy products may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to new research. Men who ate higher amounts of cheese, butter, milk and yoghurt were more likely to develop the disease, a study by US researchers f... more

Public Health: Cancer deaths above national rate

21 October 2019

Deaths from 10 different cancers are “significantly” higher in Adelaide than the national rate, new figures released yesterday show. Deaths from bladder, breast, colorectal, kidney, leukaemia, liver, lung, lymphoma, prostate and uterine cancer had hi... more

Occupation and Environment: Asbestos scare for J&J baby powder

21 October 2019

Johnson & Johnson said it recalled one lot, about 33,000 bottles, of its Johnson’s baby powder because the US Food and Drug Administration found a small amount of asbestos in a single bottle, a discovery likely to fuel existing concerns about the... more

Support: A growing problem

20 October 2019

Cancer patients desperate for medicinal cannabis are being turned away by GPs, as new figures reveal South Australia doctors are among the least likely in Australia to prescribe the drug. A TGA spokeswoman said cancer pain and symptom management, chr... more

Support: Approved medicines that failed to make PBS

20 October 2019

A 'secret' list of medicines approved for Federal Government subsidy – but that have never made it on to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – includes drugs that dramatically improve the lives of cancer sufferers. Several drugs approved by the Pharma... more

Tobacco: Vape ad ban raced through before GP

19 October 2019

The Victorian government has rushed through a ban on advertisements for vaping in time for next weekend’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island. The ban comes after The Age revealed that cigarette makers Philip Morris and British America... more

Tobacco: Vaping illness in US slows, but still high

19 October 2019

Vaping-related illnesses in the US are still rising, though at a slightly slower pace. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the latest jump – 180 cases – was the lowest increase since mid-September, but officials said there was no i... more

Screening and Immunisation: AI helps makes breast scans more accurate

19 October 2019

A new system using artificial intelligence to assess MRI scans will make breast cancer readings 10 per cent more accurate and leave less to chance, University of Adelaide research reveals. Project researcher Gabriel Maicas said the previous system th... more

Occupation and Environment: Cancer Inquiry

18 October 2019

A possible cancer cluster on the Bellarine Peninsula will be examined by a federal parliamentary inquiry. In December last year, media reported a potential cluster of cancers — particularly around Barwon Heads — noting historical use of an agricultur... more

Occupation and Environment: Tradies warned of silica exposure link to cancer 

17 October 2019

Tradies are being warned that exposure to the same invisible particles of crystalline silica that cause silicosis is also resulting in hundreds of cases of lung cancer each year in Australia. Hidden in bricks, tiles and concrete, the substance is put... more

Research: Proof in research pudding

13 October 2019

Dr Gino Pecoraro, in an article for Sunday Mail Brisbane, writes about the medical breakthrough that has been reported this week from Queensland researchers based at the Griffith University Institute for drug discovery. They report using a new gene e... more

Medical and Scientific: Battle scars

13 October 2019

In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, Jane Hansen reports on the only hospital in the state dedicated to women’s health not having a mammogram machine. The Breast Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women has to borrow one from BreastScreen NSW but ca... more

Tobacco: US vaping toll hits 26

12 October 2019

Twenty-six people have died from illnesses associated with e-cigarette use since March, US health authorities said yesterday, while about 1300 have suffered lung injuries linked to vaping. Officials have yet to identify the cause of the outbreak, whi... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Food lessons, not bans, that's the Aussie way

12 October 2019

Australia isn’t ready to implement tough food rules being advocated by the UK’s chief medical officer to curb obesity, experts say. Dame Sally Davies has called for an urgent end to the UK’s “mindless” snacking culture by calling on the government to... more

Research: New research to outsmart cancer threat

11 October 2019

Adelaide researcher, Associate Professor Daniel Thomas, plans to 'outsmart' cancer cells armed with a $1.25 million research grant. The grant, announced in Perth last night, will fund Prof Thomas’s ongoing research into acute myeloid leukaemia, with ... more

Tobacco: Stigma of vaping 'has to change'

11 October 2019

A leading anti-smoking advocate has said negative stigmas around vaping and a lack of access to safer nicotine alternatives are halting a decline in Territory smoking rates. On the back of a tour to New Zealand and Melbourne, University of Ottawa pro... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer fear pulls Zantac off shelves

10 October 2019

A popular heartburn medication has been pulled from the shelves after it was found to contain a cancer-causing substance. Eight types of the heartburn drug ranitidine have been recalled across Australia, including common over-the-counter medication Z... more

Tobacco: Warning as vaping toll rises

09 October 2019

Australian health authorities are urging people to “think twice before vaping”, as US reports of serious lung illnesses relating to e-cigarettes soar past 1000. Australia’s chief medical officer Professor Brendan Murphy – along with his state and cou... more

Medical and Scientific: Researchers use molecular scissors to cure cervical cancer in mice

09 October 2019

Researchers have used gene-editing technology to “cure” mice of cervical cancer in what they believe is a world first. The Griffith University scientists are working towards human trials of the gene therapy in the next five years and are also researc... more

Support: Medicinal cannabis splash

08 October 2019

The Federal Government has promised to spend millions of dollars investigating the benefits of medicinal cannabis in cancer treatment. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce $3 million for research into the use of medicinal cannabis for the re... more

Support: 'Unacceptable' delays

08 October 2019

Canberra cancer patients have been forced to travel as far as the Gold Coast to get radiation treatment while local wait times extend out more than six weeks, internal documents reveal. The documents show two life-saving linear accelerators - used to... more

Occupation and Environment: Heat on high-vis worker

08 October 2019

A tradie suffered first-degree burns after his high-visibility work wear magnified a case of sunburn. The burn along his back matched up with the reflective strip of his high-vis shirt. The case occurred two years ago, but is published in the Medical... more

Tobacco: E-ciggies worse for you than tobacco

08 October 2019

Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can cause more upper respiratory cell damage than tobacco cigarettes depending on the electronic device used, new research from South Australia shows. Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide researchers have disc... more

Tobacco: Heads butt over vaping conference

08 October 2019

Anti-smoking groups have gone to war over a vaping conference in Melbourne amid allegations of intimidation of the event’s attendees and secret tobacco industry funding. National health bodies including Cancer Council denounced the conference, allegi... more

Tobacco: Puzzling US vaping toll rises to 18

08 October 2019

The number of patients suffering from probable lung injury associated with e-cigarette use has surged to more than a thousand, US health authorities said yesterday, while the death toll from the outbreak now stands at 18. A report by clinicians in No... more

Medical and Scientific: Discover helps fight cell deaths

08 October 2019

Australian researchers have developed a proof-of concept drug that can keep cells alive and thriving in situations where they would otherwise have died. The world-first finding in mice, led by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) of Medical Res... more

Tobacco: E-cigarette ban upheld

08 October 2019

The US state of Massachusetts has upheld a ban on e-cigarettes amid a spate of deaths and injuries linked to vaping across the country. Eighteen deaths in 15 states have now been positively linked to vaping since March, from a total of 1080 illness, ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Obesity linked to 13 types of cancer

08 October 2019

Young adults who start their 20s in a healthy weight range, but become overweight by middle age are at greater risk of 13 types of cancer. New analysis from Cancer Council Victoria has found that gradual weight gain in early adulthood can bump up som... more

Medical and Scientific: Drug fatal for cancer cells

08 October 2019

A new type of drug that blocks one of cancer’s escape routes from chemotherapy could be used to treat aggressive breast cancers. Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found the drug could boost the response to chemotherapy in cance... more

Medical and Scientific: Drug trial targets hot flushes and sweats

08 October 2019

Women who have survived breast cancer are being sought for an international trial of a new drug to stop hot flushes and night sweats. Up to 20 women will take part in the trial at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, one of seven sites across Australia invol... more

Tobacco: Smoking ban to spread in CBD

04 October 2019

Smokers could soon be forced to butt out along Southbank Promenade as Melbourne City Council presses to extend a Bourke Street smoking ban across the CBD. The Bourke Street Mall ban comes into effect today between Elizabeth Street and Russell Place, ... more

Tobacco: Forget about vaping until the science is clear

04 October 2019

In an opinion piece, Dr Sud Agarwal, CEO and co-founder of Australia's first medically backed medicinal cannabis company, Cannvalate, says we need to focus our minds on the problem with vaping. In the US, an outbreak of 800 illness cases and 12 vapin... more

Medical and scientific: Zantac to be recalled

04 October 2019

A heartburn medication popular with Victorians will be taken off shelves after fears it could be linked to cancer. The Therapeutic Goods Administration is expected to today update its advice on medications containing ranitidine, which is sold under b... more

Tobacco: Smoking rates dip for teens

02 October 2019

Smoking rates are at an all time low among Tasmanian teenagers, the latest Australian Secondary Students' Alcohol and Drug survey has revealed. The survey is repeated every three years and provides information on the use of tobacco, alcohol and over-... more

Nutrition & Physical Activity: Bacon isn't 'killing you', but eat less meat anyway

02 October 2019

Experts have urged caution over a series of reviews that claimed to find there is no need for humans to reduce their meat intake. While the World Health Organisation refers to red meat as "probably carcinogenic" and dietary guidelines around the worl... more

Nutrition & Physical Activity: Red meat fears not much chop

02 October 2019

A new study has found there is no reason for Australians to quit eating red meat. The research refutes claims that red meat could eventually cause cancer, diabetes or heart disease, with the authors declaring any link between red meat the negative he... more

Medical and scientific: 'This could have been a lot worse'

02 October 2019

Experts say "women need to be breast aware", given that approximately one in six breast diagnoses come without a lump. While most people know to have a lump in their breast checked, other symptoms of breast cancer, such as discharge, pain and swellin... more

Tobacco: E-cigs ads ban starts today

01 October 2019

A ban on advertising, promotion and online sales of e-cigarette products comes into force today and retailers will not be allowed to display such products at the point of sale. Penalties for businesses which fail to meet the regulations will be up to... more

Medical and Scientific: Better ultrasounds to help cancer diagnosis

01 October 2019

A new ultrasound technology that could pick up far more cases of cancer and cut the need for biopsies has been developed by scientists. A team at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh say that they have made a major breakthrough and can produce images ... more

Medical and Scientific: Breast cancer rates on the rise

01 October 2019

The risk of Australian women being diagnosed with breast cancer has increased to one in seven as new statistics reveal eight women die each day from the deadly disease. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has revealed the number of Australian women... more

Support: Cancer patients in dark on risk to fertility

30 September 2019

Cancer patients aren’t being warned that their treatment could leave them infertile, robbing them of the chance to freeze their eggs or sperm and the hope of having children. A major Australian study involving 878 survivors found that 54 per cent of ... more

Support: Help the medicine go down

30 September 2019

More than half a million patients, including those battling cancer and leukaemia, will have access to cheaper medicine from today. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce five new medicines will be added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, in ... more

Tobacco: Possible THC link to vape ills

29 September 2019

Many of the hundreds of ecigarette users who have developed lung problems in recent months, some of them fatal, used black-market marijuana products, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed. Of 514 patients who gave information... more

Medical and scientific: Why cancer survivors line up to ink differently

29 September 2019

An Adelaide tattoo artist is helping breast-cancer patients across the world feel more like a woman after body-disfiguring treatment. Aleisha Gannon was the first in Australia to develop temporary nipple tattoos in 2018 as an interim solution to the ... more

Medical and scientific: Cancer shonk a force of nature

28 September 2019

An unregistered Sydney naturopath who claimed he could cure cancer, and said patients who quit his treatment would commit suicide, has been permanently banned from practising. The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission found Aleksander Strande breache... more

Medical and scientific: Breast implants suspended in response to fears about cancer

28 September 2019

Women with breast implants or expanders are being urged to see a doctor after regulators announced a crackdown over cancer fears. The Therapeutic Goods Administration is taking action on all breast implants and breast tissue expanders sold in Austral... more

Screening and immunisation: Fear over bowel cancer test move

27 September 2019

In an article for The Age, Melissa Cunningham reports that fewer Australians will be able to get Medicare-funded colonoscopies under a contentious overhaul of the system aimed at tightening regulations around the diagnostic test used to detect bowel ... more

Medical and Scientific: Devils hold cancer clue

27 September 2019

World-leading cancer researchers suspect Tasmanian devils hold a clue to help work out how human cancer genes evade the immune system. In the study, scientists have discovered that some human cancers share a common feature with the disease that has d... more

Medical and Scientific: New link to men's cancer

27 September 2019

Men who need fertility treatment have an increased risk of prostate cancer, research says. Experts believe biological issues around infertility drive the increased chance of developing the disease, and can lead to prostate cancer earlier in life. The... more

Screening and immunisation: New pancreatic cancer test

26 September 2019

A urine test for pancreatic cancer could boost survival rates to 60 per cent, scientists believe. The test, developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London, has reached the final stage of validation before being developed for use with pat... more

Medical and scientific: Boost to fight brain cancer

26 September 2019

A push by Melbourne researchers to develop new treatments to combat incurable brain cancers will be given an added boost today. The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research will receive a $1.4 million grant from the federal government to r... more

Medical and scientific: TGA approves drug to fight ovarian cancer

26 September 2019

Some women diagnosed with ovarian cancer could have their survival rates significantly increased after the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved a drug treatment for newly diagnosed sufferers. The drug olaparib is available to women who have expe... more

Tobacco: Walmart bans e-cigarettes

25 September 2019

American retail giant Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes in stores as the country deals with a string of vaping-related deaths that have stirred regulators to take action. The retail giant’s decision comes after a mysterious spate of vaping relat... more

Tobacco and alcohol: Revolving door to lobbying exposed

25 September 2019

The “revolving door” between government and the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries has been revealed in a new study that tracks for the first time the influence of lobbyists on public health policy. The study, published today in the journal Pub... more

Support: Australians spent $30b last year on out-of-pocket costs

25 September 2019

The latest health spending data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, released today, shows patients spent $3.9 billion on out-of-pocket hospital expenses in 2017-18, up $560 million, or 17 per cent, over the financial year and quadrup... more

Research: Giving a voice to cancer survivors

25 September 2019

A program now being run in the US, UK, Canada and four Australian states provides survivors of gynaecological cancers and their carers the opportunity to educate medical students. The program is called Survivors Teaching Students, and Ultimate Founda... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugar rush to bad health

24 September 2019

One in six Australian teenagers gulp down at least 5.2kg of sugar each year from sugary drinks alone, new research shows. Cancer Council Australia’s National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity survey looked at the habits of more than 9000 students... more

Tobacco: Vapour trails point to harmful side-effects

23 September 2019

Flavoured e-cigarettes, even those without liquid nicotine, are dangerous and likely to kill the cells that line the airways, a new Australian study has discovered. Scientists from the University of Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Hospital found that... more

Tobacco: Vapes going up in smoke

22 September 2019

Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The US retailer said it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its stores when it sells out its current inventory. It said the move is due to “growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity” ... more

Tobacco: School to drug screen pupils

22 September 2019

An eastern suburbs Jewish school will test and search students for drugs and e-cigarettes. Moriah College in Queens Park will introduce drug testing after Year 10 students were caught using marijuana and e-cigarettes at a recent Zionist seminar. The ... more

Medical and scientific: Parenting hope for cancer survivors

22 September 2019

Young cancer patients will now be offered a free service to preserve their chances of having children. A free service to collect, freeze, transport and store reproductive tissue from people aged 13 to 30 around the country is being offered by a team ... more

Tobacco: Vaping toll on the rise

21 September 2019

An eighth death in the US has been attributed to e-cigarettes, as health officials say the number of people with vaping-related breathing illnesses tops 500. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said 530 confirmed and probable cases had been... more

Tobacco: Vaping bans spread as dangers emerge

20 September 2019

Canada has reported its first hospitalisation for severe respiratory illness linked to vaping. The Middlesex-London Health Unit said that “a youth has been diagnosed with severe respiratory illness linked to the individual’s use of vaping products”. ... more

Treatment: Cancer treatment may be cut to two weeks

19 September 2019

Advanced radiotherapy technology could cut prostate cancer treatment time from two months to two weeks, safely delivering curative treatment for some patients, new research suggests. Study author Dr Douglas Brand said “The new results from our clinic... more

Tobacco: Anti-vaping case grows

19 September 2019

Australia's top medical body has backed a statement from all state and territory health officials on the link between vaping and lung disease. Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone’s warning comes after the seventh vaping-related d... more

Tobacco: China puts hold on Juul e-cigs

19 September 2019

E-cigarette maker Juul Labs’ sales have been halted in China, days after the start-up launched its products in the world’s biggest tobacco market. Juul’s vaporisers went on sale early last week online, but by the end of the week, they had been taken ... more

Skin cancer: Wanted: 20,000 Aussies for vital skin cancer study

17 September 2019

Queensland researchers have launched the world’s largest genetic study of skin cancer and are seeking more than 20,000 Australians to take part. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute scientist David Whiteman said the genetic analysis formed part ... more

Tobacco: Principals want to smoke out vaping in schools

16 September 2019

School principals and health experts have expressed alarm about the increasing use of e-cigarettes by teenagers, as concerns mount about the health impacts of vaping. Head of high school at Moriah College Jan Hart said the use of e-cigarettes by scho... more

Tobacco: Deaths stoke call to limit vapin

16 September 2019

Australian health authorities have called for a crackdown on vaping as evidence mounts the habit can lead to serious health problems and even death. Quit Victoria director Sarah White said vaping was now the subject of intense scrutiny in the US, wit... more

Support: $3m to help beat cancer

16 September 2019

Cancer research has received a $3 million funding boost from the Federal Government. The money, from the Medical Research Future Fund, will go towards South Australia Cancer Council’s “Beat Cancer Project”, an initiative to advance research with inte... more

Screening and immunisation: 3D technology boost for early breast cancer diagnoses

16 September 2019

Diagnosing breast cancer is about to be revolutionised in Victoria with new 3D breast screening technology set to be rolled out.  The new technology will lead to quicker diagnosis and cut down on invasive procedures, according to Health Minister Jenn... more

Public health: Blood cancer D-Day

16 September 2019

The most common blood cancer in South Australia is expected to more than double over the next 16 years, claiming the lives of more than 4600 people.  A new Leukaemia Foundation report predicts lymphoma rates will jump from 645 annual cases in SA this... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Active lifestyle key to cutting cancer risk

16 September 2019

One in three potentially deadly endometrial cancers could be avoided, and losing weight, drinking coffee, having babies and breastfeeding just might help. Cancer Australia launches a new website today compiling the most recent research. It classifies... more

Medical and scientific: Cancer drug drought after nuclear fail

16 September 2019

More than 10,000 people won’t be able to have medical scans and tests next week as Australia faces a shortage of nuclear medicine that is vital for cancer diagnoses, experts warn. Australia’s only nuclear reactor, at Lucas Heights in Sydney’s south, ... more

Tobacco: Trump moves to ban flavoured e-cigarettes

13 September 2019

The Trump administration is preparing to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes in a bid to stop an epidemic of nicotine vaping among young Americans. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said ‘‘We intend to clear the market of flavoured e-c... more

Tobacco: Jobs go up in smoke

13 September 2019

British American Tobacco plans to cut 2300 jobs as cigarette sales decline in major markets and US President Donald Trump vows to tighten restrictions on new alternatives to smoking. Tobacco companies are facing the biggest disruption in decades as t... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: No change on the menu

13 September 2019

Children's meals at fast food restaurants have not become any healthier since the introduction of the Government’s mandatory menu kilojoule labelling or obesity campaigns. New research shows 82 per cent of kids’ meals are not even healthy enough to m... more

Support: Fertility guide in cancer care

13 September 2019

Young people wanting to preserve their fertility before starting cancer treatment now have a new advocate through the entire process. About 140 Victorian children and teenagers a year are expected to benefit from the creation of the state’s first pae... more

Tobacco: $160m war on vaping

12 September 2019

Billionaire and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a $160 million campaign to ban flavoured e-cigarettes in the US after a spike in vaping deaths. “This is an urgent health crisis, and tobacco companies are behind it,” said Bloombe... more

Screening and immunisation: New test for prostate cancer

12 September 2019

A blood test which detects aggressive prostate cancer could prevent thousands of men having painful, unnecessary biopsies. The simple test, which diagnosed almost 93 per cent of men with the disease correctly in a trial, could be available within thr... more

Research: We're tops in cancer fight

12 September 2019

Australia is a world leader in cancer survival rates, beating other high-income nations with the best one-year survival rates in most cancers. A study in Lancet Oncology reveals patients diagnosed with oesophagus, stomach, colon, rectal, pancreatic, ... more

Treatment: Medical marijuana supplier in demand

10 September 2019

An ASX-listed medical marijuana company says it is providing cannabis to nearly 2000 Australian patients with debilitating conditions, numbers it expects to more than double by end of the year. Chief executive Josh Fagan says "The patient numbers are... more

Tobacco: Burning issue with Hindley St

10 September 2019

An Adelaide City councillor says Hindley St visitors must be protected from the health effects of inhaling second-hand shisha smoke, asking council to work with SA Health to improve public health along the entertainment strip. The push comes as Cance... more

Treatment: Hidden story of HRT study

08 September 2019

In an opinion piece, Gino Pecoraro writes that the study published last week in The Lancet linking hormone replacement therapy to increased risk of breast cancer is "NOT new" and "further research is eagerly awaited". The real story, he says, should ... more

Tobacco: Death linked to vaping

08 September 2019

Cases of severe lung illnesses related to vaping are surging in the US. Officials in Indiana said an adult had died from a lung illness possibly tied to vaping, as the number of suspected cases across 33 States rose to 450. The death marks the fourth... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Shift workers focus of weight-loss study

08 September 2019

420 shift workers will trial three diets to help researchers devise the world's first dietary guidelines for those working night shift. A partnership between UniSA and Victoria’s Monash University, the groundbreaking research will help the 1.5 millio... more

Tobacco: Vapers urged to quit after 'epidemic' of US illnesses

08 September 2019

Public health officials have urged Americans to stop using e-cigarettes as they try to investigate a rapid "epidemic" of lung illnesses that has claimed the lives of at least 5 vapers in recent days. The country’s top public health agency announced i... more

Treatment: New cancer drugs given gold-plated treatment

07 September 2019

Cancer treatment could be enhanced by gold-based molecules engineered by Australian researchers which lessens toxic side effects. The RMIT University study published in Chemistry - A European Journal found the molecules were up to 24 times more effec... more

Tobacco: Vaping bad for fertility

07 September 2019

Young women who vape may harm their fertility and chances of getting pregnant, a study published in the Journal of Endocrine Society says. In tests, mice exposed to e-cigarette vapour were less fertile, taking longer to have their first litter becaus... more

Health services: Waiting list halved for medical procedure

07 September 2019

A $45 million investment has almost halved the number of South Australians overdue and waiting for colonoscopies, with public hospitals working with the private sector to perform extra procedures. State Government funding has resulted in numbers drop... more

Tobacco: Candy e-cigarettes 'get kids hooked'

06 September 2019

The Governor of the US state of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer has moved to make her state the first to ban flavoured electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavours and deceptive advertising to “hook children on nicotine”. Health offici... more

Support: Failings identified in cancer treatment

06 September 2019

In his weekly article Health Matters, Sean Parnell writes about shortcomings in the health system revealed through an international survey. The survey found delays in diagnosis and managing ongoing side effects as the biggest cause of inefficiency. P... more

Medical and scientific: Drug test success for prostate cancer

06 September 2019

Australian-led research has shown a 33 per cent improvement in survival rates of men with advanced hormone-sensitive prostate cancer. It found that men with the disease who were given the hormone drug enzalutamide with their standard treatment had a ... more

Medical and scientific: Awake to sleepy cancer

04 September 2019

Drugs taken by millions of women with breast cancer may not kill all malignant cells, a study suggests. Instead, hormone pills such as tamoxifen may send a small number of breast cancer cells into “sleep” mode, meaning they can come back to life up t... more

Tobacco: Ad drives inspires smokers to think

02 September 2019

Smokers are being encouraged to think about their reasons for smoking, such as nicotine addiction, habits and emotion or stress, in the latest campaign launched by Quit Tasmania. Quit Tasmania director Abby Smith said “By listening, Quit Tasmania fou... more

Screening and immunisation: Online prostate test guide

02 September 2019

Cancer experts have developed a new online tool to help men and their partners weigh up the significant pros and cons of undergoing prostate cancer screening. The prostate specific antigen test, or PSA test, screens for elevated levels of a protein i... more

Medical and scientific: Blood cancer alarm

02 September 2019

Blood cancer rates across Australia will more than double in the next 16 years, claiming 186,000 lives, a national report shows. The Federal Government is expected to establish a national taskforce and commission an action plan to tackle the growing ... more

Tobacco: Health alert for vapers

01 September 2019

Authorities are investigating hundreds of cases of severe lung disease among vapers, US health officials said yesterday. A total of 215 possible cases of pulmonary illness associated with vaping from 25 states are being probed, the Centres for Diseas... more

Support: Subsidy aid for patients

01 September 2019

Cancer patients and those recovering from strokes will have cheaper access to some treatments from today.  The listing of Opdivo from today on the PBS will provide healthcare professionals with the option to prescribe it as a flat dosing schedule eve... more

Medical and scientific: Cancer cells corrupting influence

31 August 2019

Cancer cells corrupt their healthy neighbours in order to support their own survival, scientists say. The discovery, published in Nature, was made using a new technique to study the tissue around a tumour - called the tumour micro environment - known... more

Medical and scientific: Hormone therapy cancer risk

31 August 2019

Women taking hormone therapy for menopause increase their chance of breast cancer by 60 per cent, a landmark global study has found. The risk is twice as great for women taking the drugs for 10 years rather than five, according to research from Austr... more

Alcohol: Young damaged by problem drinking

30 August 2019

Three in 10 young people say alcohol or drugs are a problem for their family and peers, according to a report from Mission Australia. The National Health and Medical Research Council has been reviewing Australia’s alcohol guidelines and is due to rel... more

Tobacco: Cig giants in merger talks

29 August 2019

Tobacco maker Philip Morris has announced it is looking into teaming up again with its former parent company, the Altria Group.  A merger could help the two companies confront declining cigarette sales and diversify in a consumer market shifting towa... more

Medical and Scientific: Breathing space

29 August 2019

World-leading Victorian researchers will share in $440 million as they get closer to beating the quick death sentence faced by lung cancer patients.  Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce Victoria is to receive more than $202 million in Natio... more

Occupation and Environment: Ticking mesothelioma time bomb revealed

29 August 2019

At least 699 people died in 2018 from the aggressive cancer mesothelioma, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report, Mesothelioma in Australia 2018 revealed new diagnoses of the aggressive cancer... more

Tobacco: Smoking ads forced to butt out

28 August 2019

Victorians will see fewer advertisements for tobacco under tighter laws introduced by the state government. The changes come in the wake of the government intervening to stop overseas-based Formula 1 teams displaying tobacco advertising on their cars... more

Tobacco: No plans to change NT's smoking age

27 August 2019

Health Minister Natasha Fyles has “no plans” to increase the age people can legally buy cigarettes in the Northern Territory despite a proposal from the Australian Medical Association Northern Territory. “Smoking rates in the NT have been progressive... more

Tobacco: Restrict smokes to over 25s: Doc

26 August 2019

Territorians under the age of 25 will be banned from buying cigarettes if a controversial proposal by Australian Medical Association NT president Dr Rob Parker is adopted. Dr Rob Parker said the NT needed more “innovative programs” to stop smoking. C... more

Screening and immunisation: The ovarian cancer lifesaver

26 August 2019

A new blood test could detect ovarian cancer two years before women are currently diagnosed. The blood test looks for four proteins released into the bloodstream by the most common type of ovarian cancer. Study leader Robert Graham, from Queen’s Univ... more

Treatment: $80m cancer revolution in SA institute

25 August 2019

World-leading genomic cancer profiling and treatments will be available in South Australia for the first time at a new $80 million research institute to be housed in Adelaide’s medical precinct. The South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute wi... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Diet key to cancer treatment

25 August 2019

New research adds to a growing body of evidence that diet could help cancer treatment.The study, published in the journal Nature, found restricting intake of an amino acid found in red meat and eggs significantly enhanced cancer treatment in mice, sl... more

Treatment: Bid to get miracle drug to dying cop

25 August 2019

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has agreed to personally lobby Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on behalf of a former police officer who was refused access to a lifesaving cancer treatment. “(Minister Hunt) will write to Novartis to see if this ... more

Treatment: Saving patients and cash

24 August 2019

An expensive combination therapy for non-small cell lung cancer has been approved for subsidy, saving patients $15,000 every three months. The combination of high cost immunotherapy treatment Keytruda with chemotherapy has been shown to dramatically ... more

Screening and immunisation: Vaccines can cut the cancer rate

24 August 2019

An estimated 92 per cent of cancers caused by HPV could be prevented through vaccination, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday, adding that boosting immunisation coverage was a key priority. “A future without HPV cancers i... more

Tobacco: Fears mount over vaping risk

23 August 2019

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a “cluster” of lung illnesses that it believes may be linked to e-cigarette use after reports in 14 states.  The CDC said there was no evidence that an infectious disease was behind t... more

Screening and immunisation: Cancer test that eases stress

23 August 2019

A deceptively simple device made in Adelaide can be used to detect cancer cells in a urine sample, UniSA research shows. It is hoped the urine test will replace cystoscopy. Dr Melanie MacGregor, of the UniSA Future Industries Institute, said a precli... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Train kids better with a junk ad ban: advocates

23 August 2019

Junk food companies have been accused of targeting children on their way to school as pressure mounts on the Victorian government to ban the ads on state owned property. Research by the Obesity Policy Coalition suggests that more than a quarter of th... more

Research: Cancer fightback

21 August 2019

Cancer Council Queensland researchers have shown that the number of people beating cancer or living with cancer are expected to increase by 73 per cent in the next 22 years. Researchers have today released a mortality study offering new hope to cance... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Dairy delight

21 August 2019

The Heart Foundation has revealed new advice following a review of its dietary statement. The first changes since 2013 call for restrictions on red meat but lift the ban on full-fat milk products for healthy people. Heart Foundation chief medical adv... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Time for action on obesity

20 August 2019

In an opinion piece, Ashley Reid, CEO of Cancer Council Western Australia, discusses the obesity crisis that Australia is facing according to the World Health Organisation.  He writes that the 'junk food industry evolution is the biggest driver of th... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Review set up to weigh up sugar labelling

20 August 2019

Australians could finally have access to information about how many "empty calories" are in the soft drinks and packaged foods they buy, after state and federal ministers ordered a review to consider mandatory "added sugar" labelling. State and feder... more

Tobacco: Vaping linked to lung disease

19 August 2019

Up to 50 people in six US States have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or vaping products. Dr Melodi Pirzada, a paediatric lung specialist at NYU Winthrop Hospital in New York, said she had seen two cases this sum... more

Skin Cancer: Scientists narrow down the risks of getting melanoma

19 August 2019

New Queensland research, carried out over nine years using 1200 people, will help dermatologists determine the risk of developing melanoma – and it is a numbers game. University of Queensland Diamantina Institute researcher Associate Professor Rick S... more

Tobacco Issues: Push to bring smoking rate under 10pc

15 August 2019

The federal government will push to cut Australia’s smoking rate to less than 10 per cent by 2025 as part of new efforts to boost preventative health outcomes. Health Minister Greg Hunt used an address to the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednes... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer-risk ban 'overreach'

15 August 2019

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has sought more information from companies responsible for breast implants associated with an increased risk of cancer.  It comes as some surgeons warn of regulatory overreach, with the TGA threatening to ban or s... more

Medical and Scientific: Fight of their lives

14 August 2019

A Melbourne family is driving and funding medical research needed to help their son, who has been diagnosed with a rare mitochondrial disease called ECHSI deficiency. The experimental treatment replaces faulty genes with a healthy, working version an... more

Support: Barnaby embroiled in bizarre clash with cannabis campaigners

12 August 2019

An emotional Barnaby Joyce has been involved in a bizarre confrontation with medical cannabis campaigners in his local electorate. The former deputy Prime Minister was filmed telling campaigners that he “gets furious” at suggestions marijuana offers ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Food fight on labels

12 August 2019

A Labor MP has called on her own government to hurry up with a crackdown on misleading food labels that prevent West Australians from making informed decisions about their sugar intake. Margaret Quirk this week asked for a progress report from Health... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: More weight to cancer link

12 August 2019

Obesity is far more likely to cause cancer than previously thought, scientists have warned. The risk of excess body weight leading to cancer is at least twice what was originally believed, according to a major study of the genes of 700,000 British pe... more

Medical and Scientific: Device a breath of hope

12 August 2019

A simple breathalyser test may soon be all it takes to diagnose diabetes, asthma and certain cancers.  Macquarie University researcher Noushin Nasiri has developed a device called the Nanotech Electronic Nose which can analyse a person’s breath and d... more

Medical and Scientific: New means of tracking cancer cells

12 August 2019

New hi-tech equipment to track and try prevent cancer progression is available in South Australia after the opening of a state-ofthe-art imaging facility at the Centre for Cancer Biology. Co-director for the Centre Professor Angel Lopez said the new ... more

Medical and Scientific: Wrong diagnosis leaves cancer patients suffering in silence

12 August 2019

News Ltd has reported on a new survey that reveals doctors are failing to diagnose many cancer cases, putting lives at risk. The survey also reveals nearly one in three cancer patients are initially wrongly diagnosed and one in eight wait six months ... more

Tobacco: Australia chips in $1m to cut Pacific smoking

08 August 2019

Australia will provide more than $1 million in legal funding to help Pacific nations introduce anti-smoking measures without fearing the interference of big Tobacco. The $1.065m funding is part of the $19m health package, to be announced at the Pacif... more

Treatment: Cancer treatment delay

07 August 2019

Cancer patients in the ACT face the longest average wait time in the nation before starting radiotherapy treatment, new figures show. The ACT government has blamed increased patient demand, staff shortages and the lengthy process to replace old machi... more

Tobacco: Under-21s smoking ban to be debated in Upper House

07 August 2019

The author of legislation to ban the sale of tobacco products to those aged under 21 says he is hopeful it will win the support of the parliament. Legislative Council member Ivan Dean’s Public Health Amendment (Prevention of Sale of Smoking Products ... more

Medical and Scientific: Genes link to cancers

07 August 2019

Australian researchers have identified 45 new genes linked to the development of the most common form of skin cancers. The Queensland study into basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, more than doubles the genetic information available on the non-m... more

Medical and scientific: Myeloma diagnosis revolution

06 August 2019

South Australian researchers are part of a national team trying to attack dormant blood cancer cells hiding in bone marrow, potentially revolutionising diagnosis and treatment for thousands of patients. “If we can target and eliminate the dormant cel... more

Treatment: Cancer funds deal gives young Australians hope

05 August 2019

A new cancer treatment that supercharges the immune system will now be available to young Australians fighting blood cancer. The cancer-killing chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy will be provided by two Melbourne hospitals free of charge after ... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer scan catastrophe

05 August 2019

Early signs of breast cancer went undetected in more than 100 Queensland women due to failings by the state-run screening provider, court documents reveal. The claims are outlined in a $1.2 million negligence lawsuit brought by a former senior execut... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer testing strained

05 August 2019

Women who test positive for changes that can lead to cervical cancer are facing a six month wait for treatment because public clinics can't cope with higher detection rates under a new test. The first study of the effect of the new test, published in... more

Medical and Scientific: Test for cancer relapse

05 August 2019

A smart blood test detects the spread of breast cancer almost a year earlier than scans, research shows. It analyses DNA in the blood to show with high accuracy whether cancer will recur after treatment. Researchers from the Institute of Cancer Resea... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Less meat starves tumours

02 August 2019

Diet is a key part of managing diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, but new research adds to the evidence it could help cancer treatment too. The study, published yesterday in the journal Nature, found restricting intake of an amino acid found... more

Medical and Scientific: Signal 'protects' cancer

02 August 2019

A major “don’t eat me” signal that cancer cells appear to use to stop the immune system from attacking them has been discovered by US researchers. Normally, immune cells detect cancer cells and engulf them, but researchers have previously discovered ... more

Medical and Scientific: Key cancer cells never grow old

02 August 2019

In a discovery that may open up new ways of treating acute myeloid leukaemia, Australian researchers have identified a “Benjamin Button” mechanism that allows blood cancer cells to reverse their ageing and trick the immune system to not dispose them.... more

Skin cancer: An 'A' for health

01 August 2019

A diet full of Vitamin A can reduce your risk of skin cancer. New research published in the JAMA Dermatology Journal has found people who eat vitamin A-rich foods such as lean meat, leafy greens and pasta have a reduced risk of developing one of the ... more

Occupation and Environment: Unregulated grinder use raises risks

01 August 2019

In an opinion piece, Michael Wadsley says silica is being called the new asbestos. The piece focuses on the risks associated with exposure to crystalline silica dusts and the gap in regulation of silica dust emissions. He calls on the government to p... more

Tobacco: Crucial trial seeks smokers, ex-smokers

31 July 2019

Screening Australians at high risk of lung cancer, the nation’s biggest cancer killer, has the potential to prevent thousands of deaths, particularly among former smokers. However, experts say more research is needed to ensure future Australian lung ... more

Screening and Immunisation: The deadly cancer link to income

31 July 2019

The gap between rich and poor extends to bowel cancer risk, new data from the Cancer Council indicates. The analysis of bowel cancer cases shows 37 per cent of the state’s lowest socio-economic areas have a higher than average rate of bowel cancer. I... more

Occupation and Environment: Miners' cancer risk: review

31 July 2019

Curtin University researchers have called for tighter limits on diesel exhaust levels in under-ground mines, saying current allowable limits can significantly increase the risk of lung cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2012 c... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Biscuits to blame for obesity rise

30 July 2019

Women are overweight because they are eating two biscuits too many every day, a top medical expert has warned. Professor Dame Sally Davies urged people to be “honest” instead of pretending others are not overweight and advised that women need to cut ... more

Alcohol: Don’t lose the plot after Dry July win

30 July 2019

As Dry July draws to a close, organisers are urging people who gave up alcohol for the month not to overdo celebrations with a “wet” August. Cancer Council South Australia community education officer Nat von Bertouch urged South Australians not to fa... more

Treatment: Wonder drug offers new hope

29 July 2019

A breakthrough drug is providing hope for babies at risk of dying from an aggressive form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – and ultimately all cancer patients. A team from the Children’s Cancer Institute has proven a form of the blood cancer that ki... more

Treatment: Pill that could stop ovarian cancer

29 July 2019

Australian researchers are developing a hormone tablet to prevent ovarian cancer by using the way pregnancy, breastfeeding and the contraceptive pill all dramatically reduce the risk of the deadly disease. Three Australian researchers have been award... more

Treatment: Pain pill review sting

29 July 2019

Patients dying of cancer have been denied crucial pain medication after a crackdown on prescribing opioids backfired. Doctors frequently prescribing opioids were issued warning letters last year amid concern patients with chronic pain were abusing th... more

Tobacco: WHO says E-cigs don’t stop cancer

29 July 2019

Electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products are not helping fight cancer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says, urging smokers and governments not to trust claims from cigarette firms about their latest products. The seventh WHO Report on t... more

Tobacco: SA-made ads to stop smoking

29 July 2019

Smokers are being encouraged to quit for good, as a new SA-made campaign launches. Health and Wellbeing Minister Stephen Wade said the State Government had for the first time developed, created and produced the campaign advertisements in South Austra... more

Support: Vital cancer drugs included in PBS

29 July 2019

Four medicines that treat cancer and inflammatory disease have been added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme at a cost of $56 million. The medicines to be extended or listed from Thursday treat brain tumours, leukaemia, and inflammatory disease of... more

Support: New drug help for brain cancer

29 July 2019

Australians living with an aggressive form of brain cancer will benefit from a subsidy for expensive treatment. Together with new treatments for leukaemia and inflammatory disease of the large blood vessels, the drug Avastin will be available to pati... more

Research: Supercomputer will power cancer research

29 July 2019

A new supercomputer that can crunch data 10 times faster than anything else in Australia will come online in November. The federal government will today announce $70 million for the supercomputer, called Gadi, which will help researchers tackle bigge... more

Medical and Scientific: Digging deeper into why change can be the hardest word

26 July 2019

In an opinion piece, Penny Egan, CEO Cancer Council Tasmania, writes about the importance of behaviour change in reducing cancer risk. The piece focuses on why investment from governments and charities like Cancer Council Tasmania, into preventative ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Joining forces to fight obesity

23 July 2019

A blueprint to reverse the childhood obesity crisis has been laid out by leading health groups in an effort to pressure the Victorian Government into action. Including tougher restrictions on unhealthy food and drink advertising to children, an overh... more

Support: Health costs guide to cut bill shocks

23 July 2019

Australia’s peak medical body plans to address patient concerns over out-of-pocket medical costs by educating consumers about the healthcare system. Australian Medical Association president Tony Bartone said the association’s informed financial conse... more

Treatment: Prostate progress

22 July 2019

The treatment of prostate cancer is now following the successful path of breast cancer by offering conservative surgery to cut out tumours without removing the prostate. Victorian men with prostate cancer now have a surgical option to remove tumours ... more

Support: Doctors reject medical fee transparency website as ‘meaningless’

22 July 2019

Health Minister Greg Hunt’s promised medical fee transparency website has been rejected, with leading physicians warning they will not participate in a ‘‘meaningless’’ political exercise. As the minister’s advisory group prepares to meet on Friday, o... more

Screening and Immunisation: Bowel check-up ‘simple’

22 July 2019

A new media campaign will launch today to encourage people to use the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. A recent study conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that NSW bowel screening participation rates are the secon... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Coffee will not give you cancer, scientists say

22 July 2019

A daily coffee will not give you cancer, but it’s unlikely to protect you from cancer either, a Queensland study has found. Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute analysed data from more than 300,000 people, finding that drinkin... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer-fighting virus a shot in the arm for biotech Imugene

22 July 2019

Junior biotech Imugene has acquired a cancer-fighting virus it hopes increases its appeal to big pharma. The Australian-listed immuno-oncology company announced this week it had acquired Vaxinia, which has the global rights to license oncolytic virus... more

Tobacco: Rockliff stubs our smoking age rise

19 July 2019

The Hodgman Government has no plans to raise the state’s smoking age to 21, despite new data showing four out of five Tasmanians support an age increase. Figures released this week by polling website You Gov Galaxy showed 78 per cent of the 600 Tasma... more

Tobacco: Tot’s liquid nicotine death ‘not neglect’

19 July 2019

The potential legalisation of liquid nicotine in Australia has been labelled “controversial” by a coroner investigating the death of a Victorian toddler, who died after drinking a lethal amount of the potent substance. Coroner Philip Byrne yesterday ... more

Medical and scientific: Breast cancer gene trial offers new hope

19 July 2019

A drug that promises to save women with a deadly breast cancer gene from their fate and avoid radical surgery will be trialled in Adelaide. The world-first clinical trial will use a drug – currently used to treat osteoporosis – on women who carry a B... more

Screening and Immunisation: Screening for lung cancer trial

16 July 2019

Current and former heavy smokers could soon be offered regular screening for lung cancer. Australian researchers are leading an international trial to test whether a CT scan is an efficient and cost-effective way to detect early cancers, given lung c... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Cancer linked to fruit juice

15 July 2019

Fruit juice and fizzy drinks significantly raise the risk of cancer, a major study shows today. As little as 100ml of pure juice a day increased the odds of the disease by 12 per cent.  And the same quantity of sweetened soft drink, such as cordial o... more

Screening and Immunisation: Prostate patients, urine for a shock

15 July 2019

A revolutionary urine test has been developed that can accurately predict which men do and don’t need risky prostate cancer surgery. The urine test could replace the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test currently used to identify men at risk of... more

Medical and Scientific: Free IVF for women cancer patients, along with screening rebate

15 July 2019

Women fighting cancer will have their eggs, embryos and ovarian tissue frozen for free before they undergo chemotherapy. Leading obstetricians from Westmead, Randwick’s Royal Hospital for Women and Royal Prince Alfred agreed on Monday to give cancer ... more

Medical and scientific: TGA proposes ban

15 July 2019

On Thursday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) proposed banning, suspending and restricting textured breast implants after an exhaustive review confirmed their link to large cell lymphoma (ALCL). It recommended banning nine Allergan ‘‘Natrel... more

Treatment: ‘One-two punch’ for cancer

15 July 2019

A combination of two drugs is more effective at fighting breast cancer than one treatment alone, a study has found. The breast cancer drug Palbociclib is boosted when combined with lung cancer medication crizotinib, researchers said. The “one-two pun... more

Medical and scientific: Breast implants face ban over cancer fears

12 July 2019

An Australian ban on a range of textured breast implants has been recommended after a review of apparent links to rare forms of cancer. The Therapeutic Goods Administration’s proposed regulatory action – which could include cancelling, suspending or ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugary drinks lift cancer risk

12 July 2019

Drinking sugary drinks has been linked to a higher risk of certain kinds of cancer. French researchers assessed associations between heightened consumption of sugary drinks and the risks of overall cancer, as well as several cancer types, including b... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer website’s dangerous claims

11 July 2019

A “misleading” website mimicking Australia's official breast screening service is directing women to a dangerous and unproven therapy. The breastscreeningaustralia.com site uses similar colours and images to the official BreastScreen Australia site a... more

Tobacco: UK minister plans to wipe out smoking by 2030, paper reveals

10 July 2019

The UK government plans to eliminate smoking from Britain by 2030, leaked documents seen by the daily mail reportedly show.  Black market cigarettes will also be targeted by ministers and quit leaflets will be placed inside legal cigarette packets. T... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: A fat chance of cancer

10 July 2019

The same shock tactics used in Australia’s successful antismoking campaign to highlight cancer risks are needed to elevate the public health scourge of obesity, Queensland’s top doctor warns. The Cancer Council Queensland supports a campaign to educa... more

Public Health: Calls for fair laws around gene disease

10 July 2019

Insurance companies have been accused of illegally denying insurance to people carrying cancer causing genes even when they eliminate their disease risk by removing body parts. In a study published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, Australia... more

Tobacco: Liquid nicotine push

09 July 2019

A coroner may back a push to make liquid nicotine legal in Australia to ensure there is more regulation around the product. Phillip Byrne called for more public awareness on the dangers of liquid nicotine and said legalising it could give authorities... more

Screening and Immunisation: Clinic still offers debunked breast cancer imaging test

09 July 2019

An Adelaide clinic is selling a breast cancer scan that uses deregistered technology that according to experts could leave women believing they’re clear, when in fact they have a tumour. Thermography is effectively a heat map of the body. There is no... more

Treatment: New brain tumour treatment for SA

08 July 2019

A high-precision radiation therapy for patients with secondary brain tumours has become available in Adelaide. The image-guided radiation system will be used as a non-invasive form of intracranial radiation to deliver precisely targeted radiation in ... more

Screening and Immunisation: 10yr smear test study

08 July 2019

Women should only have to visit their doctor every decade for smear tests, a British study has suggested. A new cervical screening test is so sensitive those over 40 may only need it every decade. Women are asked for a smear test every three years fr... more

Public Health: Grants to improve ageing for Indigenous

08 July 2019

The federal government has committed $5.6 million in funding towards six medical research projects focused on improving the health profile of ageing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It will include a $1.2 million grant to NSW Cancer Inst... more

Occupation and Environment: Roundup replaced with organic herbicide

08 July 2019

Randwick Council workers will stop using weed killer Roundup following concerns its main ingredient can cause cancer. Councillors voted to accept a staff recommendation and replace the widely-used product, which contains the herbicide glyphosate, wit... more

Medical and Scientific: Common cold cures cancer

08 July 2019

A common cold virus could provide hope for bladder cancer patients after it was found to destroy their tumours. The CVA21 virus causes sneezing, runny noses and fever when it strikes. But scientists have found it may be a lifeline for those with the ... more

Tobacco: Sweet flavours hook kids on vaping

08 July 2019

Children as young as 12 are taking up vaping, lured by lolly flavours and in the mistaken belief it is safe. Record numbers of teens and university students are also using e-cigarettes, in a development the Cancer Council has warned could undo decade... more

Tobacco: Cigarettes make comeback on TV

08 July 2019

Depictions of tobacco have surged nearly fourfold in the past year in the most popular TV shows among young people – and Netflix’s Stranger Things season 3 was the worst offender, anti-smoking group Truth Initiative says. Netflix said all new shows i... more

Health Services: Teo to list surgery fees for all to see

05 July 2019

Health Minister Greg Hunt claims under-fire neurosurgeon Charlie Teo has agreed to make public his cancer surgery fees on the federal government’s new medical transparency website. In an interview yesterday on Sky News, Mr Hunt said Dr Teo had commit... more

Occupation and Environment: Monsanto case reviewed

05 July 2019

A US judge will reconsider a jury’s $80 million damage award to a California cancer victim who used Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer. US District Judge Vince Chhabria said at a hearing this week that he would reduce but not entirely eliminate punitive ... more

Tobacco: No butts, smoking is a real killer

04 July 2019

A world-first Australian study has found that as little as five cigarettes a day doubles the risk of smokers dying from a heart attack and stroke. For the first time, Australian National University researchers established that smokers have triple the... more

Tobacco: ‘Nowhere to hide’ from smoking risks

04 July 2019

Smoking is killing 17 Australians a day from stroke, heart attack, and other cardiovascular conditions, wiping out almost double the population of Port Douglas every year, warn the researchers of a world-first study. Tobacco smokers have triple the r... more

Tobacco: Third-hand smoke a cancer risk

03 July 2019

A study has revealed cigarette smoke that settles on clothing, hair or car interiors can lead to cancer in non-smokers. The findings have sparked Cancer Council Queensland to warn parents, who think they are keeping their children safe by smoking out... more

Health services: Beware of specialists’ hidden fees

03 July 2019

Private Healthcare Australia research shows about 44 per cent of patients incur a gap payment when they are treated in a private hospital, while 2 per cent end up with an out-of-pocket in excess of $10,000. Two main issues exist with out-of-pocket ex... more

Treatment: Getting to the heart of chemo treatment

02 July 2019

NSW researchers are engineering “mini-hearts” — which are made of patients’ own cells and beat like a real heart — as part of a world-first trial aimed at reducing the toxic side effects of drugs that can cause heart failure. Lead scientist Dr Carmin... more

Treatment: Life-saving medicines face costly PBS delay

01 July 2019

Cancer patients are waiting up to five years to access life-saving medicines, as spending on the Pharmaceutical Benefit Subsidy scheme plummets. There are more than 30 new medicines that are reimbursed in most other developed countries, but not yet s... more

Public Health: Cancers that are coming for you… and how to beat them

01 July 2019

Cancer will be diagnosed in an estimated 145,000 Australians this year and will kill about 136 people a day and while survival rates have increased, the incidence of cancer is also on the rise. Research has shown a third to a quarter of all cases are... more

Public Health: Night owls’ higher risk of cancer

01 July 2019

Researchers believe ‘night owls’ may be at higher risk of breast cancer. A new study published in The BMJ, finds women who considered themselves “morning people” were at a slightly lower risk (one less woman per 100) of developing breast cancer as op... more

Detection: 'Tattoo' warns of heart attacks

01 July 2019

A paper-thin, flexible metal sticker placed on the chest can spot the signs of lethal heart attacks and strokes before they occur.The prototype device dubbed an "electronic tattoo" houses an intricate network of in-built sensors to track signs of abn... more

Treatment: Funding for health projects

01 July 2019

More than $36 million in federal funding for health and hospital services has been granted to several projects across South Australia. The new listings include Oratane for severe cystic acne, Phenelzine for people with depression, and Pemetrexed, a c... more

Research: Late-night risk

28 June 2019

Being an early riser cuts the risk of breast cancer, research suggests. A major study examining the genes of 400,000 women found a marked difference in the chances of developing breast cancer between morning people and those who prefer evenings. The ... more

Screening and immunisation: Big fall in HPV infection rate

28 June 2019

Routine human papillomavirus vaccinations in Australia have led to a dramatic drop in infections that lead to cancer, global research published in the Lancet Public Health Journal shows. Rates of HPV infections in Australian women have fallen 92 per ... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Middle age lifeblood

28 June 2019

Doing more exercise in middle age extends your life no matter how active you were before. A study conducted by University of Cambridge researchers tracked nearly 15,000 people aged 40 to 79 over eight years to establish how this affected their health... more

Tobacco: E-cigarettes banned

27 June 2019

San Francisco yesterday became the first major US city to ban the sale and manufacture of electronic cigarettes, as concerns grow over a sharp rise in vaping among youths. The city’s council unanimously approved an ordinance suspending the sale in sh... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer pee test

27 June 2019

A prostate cancer breakthrough could detect the disease without a biopsy and tell how aggressive it is. A study shows a urine test could spot the tumours and tell how likely they are to spread five years earlier than current methods. The test assesse... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Call for food star ratings upgrade

26 June 2019

Queensland has been leading the debate on food labelling at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) health meetings, says Health Minister Steven Miles, who is calling on the Federal Government to release the report into the Health Star Ratings t... more

Alcohol: Anger as alcohol seller partners with Dry July

26 June 2019

Australia’s largest alcohol retailer BWS has formed an ‘‘unlikely partnership’’ with the Dry July Foundation, which challenges people to go alcohol-free for a month to raise money for cancer patients, in a move that has drawn criticism. Michael Thorn... more

Treatment: Doctors face audit on fact-based cancer care

25 June 2019

An audit of brain cancer treatment in Australia will examine whether health professionals have departed from evidence-based practice and need to be given new standards and guidelines. Cancer Australia has commissioned the audit to identify the latest... more

Medical and Scientific: Surgery error victim needs third operation

25 June 2019

A cancer patient who had the wrong side of his bowel removed will need a third surgery to repair the damage as the Northern Beaches Hospital launches an investigation into the critical error. Surgeons at the private-public hospital removed the wrong ... more

Treatment: Brain cancer drug set to be listed on PBS

24 June 2019

After a large community push, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has recommended that Avastin should be made available to patients with glioblastoma via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. While Avastin does not cure patients, advocates s... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Hidden trap in kids’ lunch box snacks

24 June 2019

An analysis by the Obesity Policy Coalition has found that many school lunch box snacks promoted as ‘healthy’ in some way would carry as little as one star, if they used the star rating system. Jane Martin from the OPC said “They are very carefully d... more

Alcohol: Alcohol causes most harm of any drug in Australia

24 June 2019

A new study funded by St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne suggests that alcohol causes the most overall harm to the Australian community, surpassing ice and heroin. Lead researcher Yvonne Bonomo said “almost 6000 Australians die from alcohol-related h... more

Treatment: Neglected cancers call

21 June 2019

Doctors and patients with ‘neglected’ cancers are pushing to gain greater attention, research and treatments typically bestowed on more prominent forms of the disease. GI Cancer Institute chair Professor Tim Price said ‘the gathering would try to acc... more

Treatment: Cancer drug blocker on borrowed time

20 June 2019

Australian researches have discovered why some patients become resistant to one of the most popular types of chemotherapy. At least half of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy are treated with a platinum-based drug, such as ciplastin, which works ... more

Treatment: Hi-tech cancer battle

20 June 2019

Bottles of juice are serving up a high amount of sugar but not much of the healthy parts of fruit, according to an analysis of ready-to-drink products sold across Victoria. Cancer Council Victoria’s LiveLighter campaign manager, Alison McAleese, says... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Yoghurt benefit

20 June 2019

A study has found that eating two servings of yoghurt a week could lower men’s risk of bowel cancer. Men who eat this amount are one-fifth less likely to develop polyps in the bowel. A Harvard Medical School study of 32,000 men tracked their diet, an... more

Alcohol: Booze risk ignorance

20 June 2019

Experts have warned that women are drinking in ignorance of breast cancer risks. Only one in five women attending breast clinics and screening appointments were aware that alcohol increased their risk of cancer. Research led by experts at the Univers... more

Research: Study identifies genes that raise cancer risk

18 June 2019

A Queensland-led discovery has found new genetic causes for an increased risk of breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers, refining knowledge about the high-profile BRCA genes that can potentially spare patients from unnecessary preventative ... more

Tobacco: E-cigs lesser evil

17 June 2019

In an opinion piece, Colin Mendelsohn comments on the Northern Territory Government’s five-year Tobacco Plan that was released earlier this month. He claims that the plan is a clear demonstration that the "Government has lost its way" as the document... more

Screening and Immunisation: Push to expand free cancer screening program

17 June 2019

According to Bowel Cancer Australia, age should not be a barrier to the Australian Government’s free bowel screening program. Two new global studies show bowel cancer rates are rising significantly in the under 50s, with one in 10 diagnosed. Bowel Ca... more

Support: Specialists also have to think of patients’ financial health

12 June 2019

In an editorial for the Sydney Morning Herald, the issue of out of pocket medical expenses is discussed in the wake of the Charlie Teo controversy. The piece argues that medical professionals should endorse clearer ethical guidelines including tellin... more

Treatment: Robot shines new light on crushing cancer cells

11 June 2019

Light treatments have undergone 500 controlled studies, with many showing it works as a way of treating cancer and soft tissue injuries. Clinical trials that use light to kill skin cancers are set to begin in Australia this year, and a robot has been... more

Tobacco: Smokers to face $500 littering penalty

11 June 2019

Canberra smokers who litter their cigarette butts in public places could soon face a $500 fine for the act, under new laws the ACT government has proposed. City Services Minister Chris Steel on Thursday introduced a bill to extensively overhaul the t... more

Support: Teo ‘frenzy’ likened to Chamberlain treatment

11 June 2019

An Australian surgeon has likened the treatment of neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo to the frenzy surrounding Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton who experienced an intense trial-by-media in 1980 over the killing of her daughter at Uluru. Paediatric urologist Pro... more

Support: High-charging specialists on notice

11 June 2019

Health Minister Greg Hunt has sounded a warning to medical specialists over ‘‘very excessive’’ fees after brain surgeon Charlie Teo defended charging large medical bills for risky procedures. The high-profile Sydney doctor has accused the Royal Austr... more

Support: Crowdfunded surgery? In the US, we paid $0

11 June 2019

In an opinion piece for the Sun Herald, Helen Pitt writes about the problem with Australia’s health system, which has become so “profit-driven that it needs crowdfunding to not only keep patients alive but just to get them to the operating table”. Sh... more

Support: AMA hits back at celebrity surgeon

11 June 2019

Medical leaders have hit back after an attack by renowned brain surgeon Charlie Teo claiming the medical establishment is “the enemy”, trying to push him out of the profession. The president of the Australian Medical Association, Tony Bartone, urged ... more

Screening and immunisation: Testing times

11 June 2019

Jill Margo writes a piece about the early detection of ovarian cancer, highlighting the pioneering work of UNSW vice-chancellor Ian Jacobs who has been researching a screening method for this type of cancer since the mid-1980s. The diagnosis of ovari... more

Screening and immunisation: Test prevents more cervical cancers

11 June 2019

A paradigm shift in cervical screening tests is resulting in earlier detection of potentially cancer-causing infections, researchers say. A test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) replaced Pap smear testing in December 2017, under the national cervic... more

Screening and immunisation: Men on a mission to stay fit and healthy

11 June 2019

The Sunday Mail and the University of Adelaide are encouraging men to “man up” about men’s health this week and be aware of the risk groups and common warning signs for early signs of chronic illness. Dr James Richards, of The Men’s Health Centre, in... more

Screening and immunisation: Cancer test delay fears

11 June 2019

The wait-time for follow-up colonoscopies in bowel cancer detection has been labelled the “Achilles heel of the screening process”, according to the head of Bowel Cancer Australia. The organisation is calling on all levels of government to commit to ... more

Screening and immunisation: Cancer survivor urges bowel test

11 June 2019

Anne Rutherford from Claremont, Tasmania says her bowel cancer scare when she was 45 was just another example of why screening needs to begin at a younger age. The country’s second most deadly cancer is on the rise in people under 50, a new report re... more

Occupational and environmental: Academic decries Roundup ‘hysteria’

11 June 2019

An environmental expert has attacked “hysteria” and “misinformation” that weed killer Roundup causes cancer, saying scientific evidence shows it’s “our safest herbicide”. University of Sydney Emeritus Professor Ivan Kennedy, who had conducted pestici... more

Medical and scientific: Cancer fail gives man a ‘death sentence’

11 June 2019

One of South Australia’s most senior health executives has apologised “unreservedly” to an Adelaide man who has been given a progrognosis of one to two years following a missed cancer diagnosis. Claus Burg, 70, was given the all clear in July last ye... more

Research: Enzalutamide improving survival rate of prostate cancer

05 June 2019

A landmark study led by the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group has shown that 80% of men with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer who received the non-steroidal anti-androgen medicine enzalutamide ... more

Support: Surgeon body back action on excessive fees

05 June 2019

Australia’s peak surgeon body would back moves to reprimand specialists charging exorbitant fees that risk financially crippling patients and families. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has echoed public concerns over patients crowdfu... more

Screening and immunisation: If you have a Dad, nag him to do the test

05 June 2019

Penny Egan, CEO of Cancer Council Tasmania, writes about the importance of regular screening and early detection of cancer in saving lives. In light of Cancer Council’s national campaign promoting bowel cancer screening, she urges 50-74 year olds to ... more

Research: Vitamin D ‘raises cancer survival rates’

05 June 2019

Taking vitamin D supplements reduces the risk of dying from cancer by 13 per cent, an overview of research suggests. A series of studies pointed to the benefits of having enough vitamin D, either through supplements, sunshine or foods such as oily fi... more

Research: New way to target cancer

05 June 2019

Melbourne researchers have teamed with the CSIRO to fast-track the development of a wonder drug that could target common cancers. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre scientists uncovered a key way that cancer hijacks the body’s innate defence system that s... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Obesity delivered direct to your door

05 June 2019

Australians using online food delivery services are ordering meals that contain an entire day’s energy intake on a plate. Cancer Councils’ LiveLighter campaign surveyed 2000 people and found when they order food online, two in three pick unhealthy op... more

Research: Coffee doesn’t warrant cancer warning in California, agency says

05 June 2019

The coffee industry scored a win in California on Monday with the passage of a rule clarifying that the popular beverage doesn’t require a cancer warning. The safety of coffee has been in dispute in California since a state court judge ruled last nor... more

Treatment: Blood test for breast cancer’s return

04 June 2019

A new blood test could help predict whether women with breast cancer will respond to treatment before it begins. Scientists at London’s Institute of Cancer Research said at a conference in Chicago the ‘‘liquid biopsy’’ could detect genetic changes in... more

Support: Surgeons face sanction for imposing severe financial pain

04 June 2019

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, will investigate whether doctors who charge unnecessarily high fees that leave patients and their families in financial debt, should be punished. Professor Murphy will determine whether there is a th... more

Occupational and environmental: Gardener sues over Roundup in legal first

04 June 2019

A Melbourne gardener has launched legal action against a global pharmaceutical giant in the first Australian case to link cancer with popular weedkiller Roundup. Michael Ogalirolo, 54, was diagnosed in 2011 with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, after more than ... more

Alcohol: The awkward silence is killing us

04 June 2019

In an opinion piece, Alison Lai, chief executive of the Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Council of Tasmania, writes about the lack of funding committed to tackling drug and alcohol issues by the recently elected Coalition Government. With waiting li... more

Treatment: New radiation therapy aids cancer fight

03 June 2019

Increased doses of radiation therapy are enabling women with early-stage breast cancer to finish their treatment faster, with fewer trips to hospital. Growing numbers of NSW patients are being offered hypofractionated radiotherapy, which uses more in... more

Treatment: New cancer pill

03 June 2019

A new drug, ribociclib, offers women close to dying from the most common form of breast cancer the prospect of years more life, experts claim. Results of the trial, unveiled yesterday at the world’s biggest cancer conference in Chicago, reveal a dail... more

Tobacco: Teen tobacco trap

03 June 2019

Children are being paid by a western suburbs council to try to catch out businesses illegally selling cigarettes to minors. Tobacco sellers caught by the Wyndham council operation — and there have been 10 in the past year — are fined $645. Councillor... more

Tobacco: Raising age for smoking in the mix

03 June 2019

Premier Will Hodgman has not ruled out raising Tasmania’s smoking age to 21 after new research revealed some Hobart suburbs’ smoking rates were among the nation’s worst. The research from Victoria University health policy think tank the Mitchell Inst... more

Tobacco: No changes made to event smoking policy

03 June 2019

Government funded events in the Northern Territory can still apply for exemptions to strict smoking laws, Health Minister Natasha Fyles says. That contradicts information given by her office on Thursday, which said all events which received governmen... more

Support: Eye of the storm over surgery

03 June 2019

In a piece for the Sun Herald, Henry Woo, who last week sent out two tweets describing his concern about patients and their families turning to crowdfunding to cover the costs of surgical treatment, talks about his “eye-opening” experience of speakin... more

Support: Don’t get hit with bill shock

03 June 2019

In an explainer for the Sunday Age, Kate Aubusson writes about why we have out-of-pocket specialist fees, who decides what patients pay and what is an appropriate fee. The situation, she says, is complicated by Australia’s healthcare system, where Me... more

Screening and immunisation: DIY option for cervical screening

03 June 2019

A new do-it-yourself option for collecting samples to screen for cervical cancer is now available and experts are urging women to speak to their GP about it. Women who are overdue for a screening test, or who have never had a test, are being urged to... more

Screening and immunisation: Age critical factor in bowel cancer

03 June 2019

Nine out of 10 Australians wrongly believe eating junk food is the biggest risk factor for bowel cancer, Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, when the biggest risk factor is being aged over 50. A survey by the bowel screening program has found o... more

Research: Hormone drug battles prostate war

03 June 2019

A landmark Australian-led clinical trial has revealed that a hormone therapy drug can greatly improve the survival rate in men with advanced hormone sensitive prostate cancer. The findings have shown that men with this sort of cancer who receive enza... more

Research: Call for funding of life-saving gene tests

03 June 2019

A radical plan to provide free genetic testing for all Australians aged 18 to 25 could prevent thousands of cancer cases a year, it has been claimed. A new study has found a population-wide genetic screening program in Australia would save the health... more

Occupational and environmental: Cancer fears spark Roundup lawsuits

03 June 2019

The Victorian government is reviewing the use of the weed killer glyphosate following three landmark US court rulings against the maker of Roundup over cancer cases. The review is the first by an Australian state or territory government in the wake o... more

Medical and scientific: ‘Jump’ in cancer linked to implants as ban looms

03 June 2019

Four Australian women have died of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) linked to textured breast implants, and the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 97 nationally, the latest tally by an expert coalition of ... more

Medical and scientific: Hospital a tourist draw card

03 June 2019

Poor access to healthcare in China is driving the trend for them to visit Australia for their healthcare needs. Wellness travel organiser Garry Burns said wellness travel was the fastest-growing sector in China. They arrive and undergo a range of tes... more

Medical and scientific: Genetic testing dilemma over mistaken paternity

03 June 2019

Genetic tests for hereditary illnesses such as breast and ovarian cancer have revealed that one person in 10 is mistaken about the identity of their father, according to an National Health Service chief. Ian Cumming, head of Health Education England,... more

Tobacco: Smokes run out of puff

31 May 2019

Statistics from the ABS and various health bodies show that about 72 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women smoked in 1945 – but the latest data from Queensland Health shows that one in seven Queenslanders aged 14 and over light up every day. With ... more

Tobacco: Tassie’s smoke shame exposed

31 May 2019

Some of Hobart suburbs’ smoking rates are as high as national smoking rates were in the 1970s. Bridgewater and Gagebrook hold the country’s worst smoking rate at 40 per cent — about the same as the national rate was during the 1970s when three in fou... more

Tobacco: Our two suburbs caught in a time warp of smoking

31 May 2019

Adelaide's Elizabeth and Salisbury have the same smoking rates as Australia in 1988, prompting concerns the northern suburbs are stuck in a “tobacco time warp”. Health policy think tank the Mitchell Institute has found that 31 per cent of adults in t... more

Tobacco: Forrest sparks campaign to lift smoking age to 21

31 May 2019

Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest’s push to raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21 is set to gain momentum today with the launch of a national campaign to gain public support for the move. Mr Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation will launch t... more

Support: Cut the cost of cancer

31 May 2019

In an opinion piece, Associate Professor Peter Sivey from RMIT University argues that the Liberal Party should implement Labor’s new cancer funding plan, which provided a model to address spiraling out-of-pocket fees in the health system. The Coaliti... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Changing shape of post-menopause risk

31 May 2019

In a his weekly health column, Sean Parnell writes about the health risks posed by weight redistribution after menopause in women. Australian National University PhD scholar Ananthan Ambikairajah says “This change in distribution of body weight happe... more

Tobacco: Teens get hooked on ‘kiddie tobacco’

31 May 2019

Cancer Council Australia has called for government intervention in response to new data showing that the proportion of Australian secondary school students regularly using roll-your-own tobacco has increased from 24 per cent to 29 per cent in the thr... more

Tobacco: Smoking still kills as older addicts fail to get the message

30 May 2019

In an opinion piece, Michael Fawsitt writes that for all the success we’ve achieved in reducing smoking rates in Australia, an alarming number of Australia’s (18,800) are still dying prematurely from tobacco-related diseases each year. He says that t... more

Research: Working nights ‘not linked to cancer’

30 May 2019

Night shifts do not increase the risk of breast cancer, a study of 100,000 women over a decade has found. The research, published yesterday in the British Journal of Cancer, challenges the World Health Organisation’s decision to classify night-shift ... more

Occupational and environmental: Asbestos victim wins battle to die at home

30 May 2019

Elderly people who are terminally ill with mesothelioma will be able to remain in the community at James Hardie’s expense, rather than being forced into a nursing home by the construction giant, under a landmark court ruling. Yesterday, the NSW Dust ... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Health ratings mandatory call

30 May 2019

Less than one third of eligible products display the five star rating, with three-quarters of these scoring three or more stars, a George Institute for Global Health study shows. The research, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Pu... more

Tobacco: Smoking kicked in the butt

30 May 2019

Cancer Council Victoria’s annual telephone survey has found the number of Victorians who smoke is at the lowest rate since records began 30 years ago record. One in 10 Victorian adults are daily smokers, down from 13.5 per cent in 2015. The decrease ... more

Treatment: Treatment removes cancer without taking out the prostate

29 May 2019

A promising treatment known as ‘focal therapy’ is emerging for a small group of men with prostate cancer. About 15 per cent of them could have their tumour cleared with minimal threat to potency or continence. An Australian study has shown this treat... more

Tobacco: You don’t need a history of smoking to get lung cancer

29 May 2019

In an piece of the Hobart Mercury, CEO of Cancer Council Tasmania Penny Egan writes about the stigma associated with lung cancer and smoking in the lead up to this Friday’s World No Tobacco Day. She says there is also data related to the number of pe... more

Tobacco: E-cig flavour’s heart risk

29 May 2019

Researchers from Standford University have tested the risks posed by e-cigarette vapour on the human heart. They used lab dishes to grow cells that normally line healthy blood vessels, and found that exposing the cells to flavourings from e-cigarette... more

Support: Surgeon defends six-figure op costs

29 May 2019

Brain surgeon Charlie Teo has defended the practice of accepting six-figure sums raised for cancer patients through crowdfunding to pay for his services. The controversy over Dr Teo’s practices prompted the Australian Medical Association and Royal Au... more

Screening and immunisation: Bowel cancer now strikes younger

29 May 2019

A study, published in The Lancet, has found the incidence of colon cancer in people aged 20-29 had increased by 9.3 per cent per year between 2004 and 2014, while the rate of rectal cancer had increased by 7.1 per cent per year from 1993 to 2014. Mea... more

Support: Your money or your life: cancer specialist questions $120k bills for surgeon-of-choice

28 May 2019

A prominent Sydney cancer specialist has questioned the “really disturbing” trend of people fundraising to pay controversial brain surgeon Charlie Teo to attempt to save a life. Professor Henry Woo from the University of Sydney and Chris O’Brien Life... more

Research: Cancer survival rate in NSW among the world’s best

28 May 2019

More people are being diagnosed with cancer but survival rates are getting significantly better, the latest Cancer Institute NSW report shows. As our ageing population grows, so do the absolute numbers of cancer diagnoses and deaths across the state,... more

Support: Mindful of alternate treatment options

27 May 2019

A study published in the journal BMJ Open has been the first of its kind to analyse the hidden experience of men who resist the recommended treatment for prostate cancer. Researchers spent hours interviewing 11 Australian, well educated men aged 59-7... more

Research: Teens opt out of bad habits

27 May 2019

Australia’s first planned proton therapy unit in Adelaide – The Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research –  has taken several strides forward.  The National Partnership Agreement between Federal and State government for $68 million to ... more

Medical and scientific: Google AI Spies Cancer

27 May 2019

A new study by Google and several medical centres has found that machines are as good as, or better than, doctors at detecting tiny lung cancers on CT scans. The technology is a work in progress and is not ready for widespread use, but the report, wh... more

Tobacco: Post-election call remains strident for smoking campaign

27 May 2019

A tax-payer multi-million dollar anti-smoking campaign remains firmly on the agenda of the national anti-cancer lobby in the wake of the Coalition's election success. Of the two major parties, Labor had made the strongest pre-election pledge on curbi... more

Research: Frazer cancer vaccine hope

22 May 2019

A head and neck cancer vaccine, developed by celebrated Queensland scientist Ian Frazer, will be tested in 12 patients with incurable tumours caused by the human papillomavirus.In a two-pronged attack against the disease, the vaccine will be combined... more

Skin cancer: Pilot cancer risk theory debunked

21 May 2019

Australian commercial pilots are at no greater risk of developing invasive melanoma than the population generally. The QIMR Berghofer Medical Research examined medical records of about 20,000 Australian licensed pilots between 2011 and 2016 to ascert... more

Support: Morrison urged to take on ALP’s main health policies

21 May 2019

A senior Liberal strategist and the national doctors’ group have advised Scott Morrison to adopt Labor’s health reforms which promised extra medicare rebates for cancer patients. Strategists also say the Coalition should consider Labor’s plan to prov... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: You can have your cake…just eat your vegies, too!

20 May 2019

A 27-year study, published by the Lancet, has revealed that poor diet causes up to 11 million adult deaths a year, mostly due to diet-related cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Looking at 15 different foods and nutrients, the study r... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Obesity a barrier to life span

20 May 2019

Growth in life expectancy has slowed down in Australia due to preventable barriers such as obesity rates, according to a new report published today in the Medical Journal of Australia. Researchers from the University of Melbourne found while the coun... more

Tobacco: Smoke and mirrors: Big Tobacco’s shadowy new play

20 May 2019

In a Fairfax Media feature, Tim Elliot writes about the politics involved in the introduction of heat-not-burn cigarette products, which leading tobacco company Phillip Morris released as a part of their new mission to “switch its customers to smoke-... more

Occupational and environmental: Coalition, Labor vow probe into Bellarine cancer cases

17 May 2019

Both major parties have promised to set up a parliamentary inquiry into the high incidence of cancer deaths on the Bellarine Peninsula, after concerns were raised about the widespread use of organochlorine pesticides in the area until they were banne... more

Research: Scientists make brain headway

16 May 2019

A new drug being developed by Australian scientists has been able to reduce the size of previously untouchable giloma brain cancer cells. Researchers from Monash University, Alfred Health and Melbourne University today announced that their experiment... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Shedding weight can help reduce cancer risk

16 May 2019

Overweight and obese people can reduce their risk of dying of cancer before retirement by up to 30 per cent if they lose their excess kilograms, a study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has shown. By reducing body mass index by about five... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: A sugar tax works, the results are proven

16 May 2019

In an opinion piece, Stacey Lee writes about the increasing need to implement a sugar tax in Australia, or “at the very least a tax on sugary drinks”. While the plan is controversial, she says that the need is dire, with Australia being ranked the “f... more

Health services: ‘Labor cancer plan must go further’

16 May 2019

In an opinion piece, Chris Munday, head of the national diagnostic imaging provider ‘Oscan’, writes that the Labor party needs to tweak its Medicare rebate rules of diagnostic scans if its $2.3 billion cancer care policy is to reach all Australians. ... more

Tobacco: Message packs a punch in tobacco fight

15 May 2019

Anti-smoking messages could be placed inside cigarette packets to further bombard smokers with healthy messages, under a push by Cancer Council Victoria. The health group wants inserts inside cigarette packs to provide advice on how to quit smoking, ... more

Research: Cash injection to help battle ‘worst of worst’ cancers

15 May 2019

On Wednesday, philanthropic organisation, the Minderoo Foundation, will donate $5 million to the Zero Childhood Cancer program. The donation will enable the program to double the number of children enrolled in its trial: a precision or ‘‘personalised... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Sweet side of vitamin water risky

15 May 2019

A new survey by LiveLighter reveals that less than half of Australian adults consider flavoured water a sugary drink, and a third fail to identify flavoured milk, fruit juice, sports drinks and fruit drinks as containing sugar. Cancer Council Lifesty... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Dose of reality for unhealthy Aussies

15 May 2019

Research by WA’s LiveLighter campaign reveals a large gap between our perception of how healthy we are versus reality. Only one in 10 people surveyed said they ate the recommended five servings of vegetables a day and just 41 per cent did the recomme... more

Health services: Libs’ $81.5m for health

15 May 2019

Scott Morrison will inject $81.5 million into health services for West Australians. The Prime Minister said he would boost funding for cancer services, chronic heart conditions and mental health. $19 million would be allocated for genomic cancer test... more

Support: Something to get excited about

13 May 2019

A new technique devised by two specialists from Melbourne has the potential to restore potency after prostate surgery. It uses microsurgery to reconfigure the electrical wiring required for erectile function. In the process, it empowers the penis usi... more

Support: Liberals to pledge cash for women’s health

13 May 2019

To coincide with Mother’s Day yesterday, the Prime Minister pitched a suite of female-focused investments to mark the official launch of the Coalition’s re-election campaign. Included in the funding will be $10 million to pay for compression garments... more

Research: Food additive’s cancer link

13 May 2019

A University of Sydney study has found the food additive E171 – found in more than 900 products including chewing gum and mayonnaise – may have a “substantial and harmful” influence on human health. Consumption of food containing E171 has an impact o... more

Research: $9.6m for clinical trials to battle cancer in kids

13 May 2019

Children with cancer will have access to cutting-edge clinical trials in Melbourne under a $9.6 million commitment announced by the Coalition today. “Mini-tumours” will be grown in a lab to replicate patients’ original tumours and develop personalise... more

Research: Our amazing medicine…from the benchtop to bedside

13 May 2019

SA Genomics will be one of two Australian research epicentres trialing the use of genomic medicines in blood cancer for the first time following a $1.8 million commitment from the Leukaemia Foundation and Tour De Cure. Adelaide scientists will aim to... more

Skin: Skip slop slap

10 May 2019

New research by a Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital doctor has revealed that Queenslanders do not use sunscreen or fail to apply it correctly, despite living in the melanoma capital of the country. The study of 80 Queenslanders found that 49.3 per ... more

Research: Prostate cancer hope

08 May 2019

Men with prostate cancer are three times more likely to die from it if they have a particular genetic mutation, which up to one in five patients carry. Most men with prostate cancer do not die from it but scientists sought to find those with advanced... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: How higher fitness levels help in fight against lung and bowel cancer

07 May 2019

A study by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine study, published in the journal CANCER, has revealed that people with higher fitness levels have a lower chance of developing lung and bowel cancer. The study also found people who developed lung or bow... more

Treatment: Australia keeps failing to see the opportunity of AI

07 May 2019

In a piece for The Australian, Anton van den Hengel, founding director of the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, writes about the possibilities of artificial intelligence to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. New technology deve... more

Support: Red tape, black markets and my medical pot saga

06 May 2019

Three years after law was changed to permit medicinal cannabis, thousands of people are still considered criminals for using it. The fraught patient access scheme is the subject of a new documentary called High As Mike, which follows the story of Mik... more

Support: Medical cannabis in crisis

06 May 2019

Olivia Newton-John has pleaded with authorities to fix the shambolic state of legal medicinal cannabis and its availability in Australia. Ms Newton-John, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1992 and last year learnt it had spread, said she is a regular ... more

Research: Spotlight on cancer patients’ heart health

06 May 2019

A new study will deliver a world-first model of care to reduce cardiovascular disease in breast cancer survivors, Flinders University says. Professor Bogda Koczwara, of the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, is leading the two-year study. “Whi... more

Research: HIIT it to beat bowel cancer

06 May 2019

New research published in the Journal of Physiology has revealed that high intensity interval training may be able to stop bowel cancer in its tracks. Researchers asked a group of colorectal cancer survivors to complete either a single HIIT session o... more

Research: Dr Google diagnosis a big risk

06 May 2019

New research by medical software MedicalDirector has found 54 per cent of Australians use Google at least weekly to look up medical questions and symptoms, and about 70 per cent said they had used Google to address their health needs instead of visit... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Exercise isn’t always good

06 May 2019

In a piece for the Australian Financial Review, Jill Margo writes about the appropriate prescription of exercise as medicine in the management of chronic disease. The new thinking, she says, is that it shouldn’t be “blindly administered” and needs to... more

Tobacco: Vaping not on agenda

03 May 2019

Australia appears unlikely to follow the US in allowing the sale of nicotine vaping products, with both sides of politics rejecting the idea. The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it would permit cigarette company Philip Morris to sell ... more

Skin cancer: World-first sunblock

03 May 2019

A Sydney-based company, Solar D Skincare, has become the first in the world to develop vitamin D-promoting SPF technology into its skincare product. With most taking the advice to slip, slop, slap to protect from UV rays, studies show that almost 30 ... more

Research: Jetty hope in cancer fight

03 May 2019

The genesis of the next generation of anti-cancer drugs could be hiding underneath the famous Busselton Jetty, according to WA’s chief scientist Peter Klinken. Speaking ahead of a talk at the popular tourist spot today, Klinken said he believed there... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Labor could make ‘healthy’ recipes the law

03 May 2019

Food manufacturers could be forced to alter recipes to cut the amount of fat, sugar and salt in products under a Shorten Labor government as part of plans to address the nation’s obesity epidemic. Speaking at the National Press Club in a debate with ... more

Support: Why cancer cost can’t be avoided

02 May 2019

In a feature piece for the Australian Financial Review, Jill Margo writes about the difficulty of navigating Australia’s public/private health system as a cancer patient, where expenses remain unpredictable. Even with Labor’s $2.3 billion cancer plan... more

Support: Coalition promises cheaper medicines

02 May 2019

The Coalition has promised cheaper medicines for 1.4 million Australians – including cancer patients. Under the $308 million plan, the annual threshold to get access to free or further discounted medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme w... more

Skin cancer: Whatever weather, watch the UV

02 May 2019

In a piece for the Hobart Mercury, founder of Melanoma Tasmania Di Mason writes about the misconception that the warmth of the sun – i.e infrared rays - on our skin causes skin damage. She warns that the damage that results in skin cancer is caused b... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: ALP health package to target diet

02 May 2019

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King will today unveil Labor’s four-year $115 million national preventive health strategy to tackle obesity and other conditions. The strategy includes a suite of initiatives including: the provision of expert ... more

Screening and immunisation: ‘End of the smear test’

01 May 2019

A quick urine test could offer women a less invasive alternative to a smear test, research suggests. British scientists have found that urine tests accurately screen for HPV (human papilloma virus), which causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. I... more

Research: Brisbane breakthrough in breast cancer research

30 April 2019

Scientists from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have discovered why some women with a particularly aggressive type of breast cancer fail to respond to a frontline chemotherapy drug, in a study they believe will lead to more effective tr... more

Research: One blast hits prostate cancer

30 April 2019

A single blast of radiotherapy could save prostate cancer patients weeks of treatments, new research suggests. The findings, presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology conference in Milan, suggest patients can be spared daily tri... more

Research: Size matters for kidneys

30 April 2019

Heavier and taller children are more likely to develop kidney cancer as adults, research from Denmark suggests. Led by experts from the Danish Centre for Clinical Research and Prevention at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, data from 301,422 peo... more

Skin cancer: Save your skin

29 April 2019

More than 80 Queenslanders are being hospitalised with serious skin cancers each day as melanoma cases surge across the state. With the Sunshine State showing no sign of losing its unenviable title as the nation’s melanoma capital, health authorities... more

Research: Gene clues in prostate help

29 April 2019

British scientists have discovered 17 genes that radically increase the chance of carriers developing prostate cancer. The findings will hopefully eventually lead to the creation of a quick DNA test to identify those at risk. Until now, experts at th... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Call to control food ads

29 April 2019

The Obesity Policy Coalition have called for food manufacturers to face harsh fines and bans on advertising if they flout rules about marketing of junk food to children. The group of anti-obesity advocates is calling on both political parties to comm... more

Alcohol: Alcohol and your body as you age

29 April 2019

In a news limited feature, cancer is discussed as one of the physical effects of regular, long-term alcohol consumption. Several cancers have been linked to alcohol, including mouth, stomach, bowel and breast cancers. “It’s considered to be a likely ... more

Tobacco: Scientists’ vaping warning

26 April 2019

E-cigarettes may be contaminated with bacteria and fungi linked to lung disease, research published in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests. Scientists who tested 75 single-use cartridges and refill liquids found signs of harmful bugs in just o... more

Research: Cancer weapon pumps in hope

26 April 2019

Griffith University researchers are hopeful they have developed a drug to extend life in patients with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. Medicinal chemist Sally Ann Poulsen says the compound her team has developed is designed to work ... more

Public Health: Disease prevention is absent from our 'health election

23 April 2019

In an opinion piece Terry Slevin writes that disease prevention should be a priority during the ‘health election’. The piece focuses on the need for investment in prevention, rather than diagnosis and treatment, especially for obesity and alcohol con... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Risks of ‘high sitting’ can be cut by exercise

23 April 2019

According to new research, exercising for just 30 minutes each day can mitigate many of the risks associated with sitting too much. The study, published yesterday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, sought to understand whether it w... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: State to ban junk food ads

21 April 2019

Junk food giants such as McDonald’s, KFC and Oporto will be restricted from advertising on publicly owned sites amid a fat-fighting crackdown being waged by the State Government. All ads featuring high fat, salt and sugar products, as well as alcohol... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Add sugar rating and save lives

21 April 2019

Including an added sugar rating to the nutrition panel on food items could save thousands of lives, according to health experts. Added sugar is not included on such panels in Australia, despite many calls from obesity experts, and a new US study clai... more

Support: $100m pledge to rural cancer patients

20 April 2019

The Morrison government is set to unveil a $100 million plan to help Australians with cancer and rare diseases access cutting-edge treatment no matter where they live. The government would use $100 million from its Medical Research Future Fund to del... more

Tobacco: Young people paying heed to cigarette warnings

19 April 2019

While older smokers may have become jaded to graphic warnings on cigarette packets, new data shows the deterrents are still working on younger people. James Cook University researchers analysed previous studies involving 16,000 people from around the... more

Research: New hope for pancreatic patients

19 April 2019

Researchers have now found that a protein — called leukaemia inhibitory factor — plays a key role in the development of pancreatic tumours and could be a useful target for drugs. The study, published in the journal Nature, suggests the protein is pre... more

Support: Cancer network calls for funding

18 April 2019

Lymphoedema, swelling of the arms as a result of surgery that removes lymph nodes, has been ignored by both sides of politics this election. The Breast Cancer Network of Australia says it must be addressed as government subsidies for aids and physiot... more

Research: Tumour rumours are true

18 April 2019

Queensland researchers have identified five distinct types of bowel cancer that are closely related to a patient’s age, in a breakthrough that they hope will lead to more targeted treatments. The three-year study by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research In... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Cut meat to avoid cancer

18 April 2019

Even moderate amounts of ham, bacon and red meat are linked to bowel cancer, experts warn. People who stick to guidelines from Britain’s National Health Service on red and processed meat consumption still increase their risk of bowel cancer by a fift... more

Treatment: ALP cancer pledge

17 April 2019

Australians with leukaemia and other blood cancers will get better access to lifesaving clinical trials under a $20 million Labor plan. Promising a “right to trial”, Bill Shorten will today pledge to ensure more cancer patients can use cutting-edge t... more

Research: Ground-breaking research on cancer treatment

17 April 2019

A Tasmanian Menzies Institute researcher is set to embark on a ground-breaking new prostate cancer study as part of her Cancer Council Tasmania Research Fellowship. Liesel FitzGerald is aiming to collect genetic information from blood and tumour samp... more

Support: Subsidy to help fight leukaemia

16 April 2019

The Leukaemia Foundation will provide transport and accommodation to South Australian children and young adults needing revolutionary blood cancer treatment in Melbourne. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said CAR-T therapy would be subsidi... more

Support: Australians spend $34b a year on out-of-pocket health costs

16 April 2019

Australians are paying more for healthcare than most other developed nations, forking out $34 billion a year on out-of-pocket health costs, an analysis of official data reveals. The data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that ... more

Screening and Immunisation: Free blood tests: Labor raises health pressure

16 April 2019

Bill Shorten will promise to fund $200 million worth of free blood tests for cancer patients and older Australians as he moves to reignite the bitter clash over pathology bulk billing that erupted during the 2016 Labor Medicare scare campaign. Labor ... more

Treatment: New cancer therapy gives sick kids second chance

15 April 2019

A cancer treatment for sick children and young adults will be made available across Australia’s public hospitals, saving patients previously forced to go overseas up to $500,000. CAR T-cell therapy, marketed as Kymriah, is a onetime treatment which i... more

Tobacco: A city where smoking isn’t the norm will pay back big time

15 April 2019

In a piece for the Hobart Mercury, Graeme Lynch writes about a new push by the Hobart City Council’s City Planning Committee to campaign for more smoke-free areas in the city. The planned changes would see the entirety of the CBD, along with Franklin... more

Screening and immunisation: Labor to increase funding for early detection of bowel cancer

15 April 2019

Raising awareness about Australia’s second biggest cancer killer, bowel cancer, will be the focus of a $10 million Labor pledge to increase national screening test rates. The commitment will fund a national awareness campaign, led by South Australian... more

Support: How much does it cost to have cancer

15 April 2019

Kate Aubusson and Melissa Cunningham explain that out-of-pocket costs for cancer patients are determined by a number of factors, including specialist consultations, treatments, private health insurance, tests and scans, location and miscellaneous fee... more

Skin cancer: Shorten pledges a reboot of slip, slop, slap

15 April 2019

Australia’s successful slip, slop, slap campaign will get a reboot for a new audience under a pledge by Bill Shorten announced on Saturday. The Labor Leader will, if elected, invest $8.6 million to work with the Cancer Council Australia to relaunch a... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: The vegan backlash

15 April 2019

In a piece for the Weekend West, Cathy O’Leary writes about the growing movement against veganism. Some dietitians argue that while the trend towards eating more plant-based foods should be encouraged, this does not need to be at the exclusion of mea... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Shelf confusion: which is the good oil?

15 April 2019

Public health experts and Woolworths oppose a change to the health star ratings that would signal olive oil was not as healthy as canola and sunflower oils. The health star ratings, the government-backed system that assigns food a health score out of... more

Health services: $19m to aid men’s health

11 April 2019

The federal government has proposed a $19m package towards improving the health and well-being of every Australian man. The National Men’s Health Strategy will set out a national approach to improving health outcomes for Australian males, particularl... more

10 April 2019

South Australian prostate cancer patients can now access a world-first diagnostic scan that can lead to more targeted treatment of the disease. The breakthrough comes after SAHMRI won a licence to make a new tracer that searches the entire body for e... more

Tobacco: Forward-thinking Port pair’s powerful anti-smoking message

10 April 2019

Port Adelaide football club’s Aboriginal programs are partnering with Cancer Council South Australia to promote a smoke-free message to young Aboriginal people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer prevention and programs manager Peter Thomas... more

Tobacco: Bill’s big spend on ads to make you butt out

10 April 2019

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today announce $63.4 million to reboot the landmark National Tobacco Campaign – first launched in 1997 – and provide more support to lung cancer patients. The advertising will likely include vivid images and footag... more

Support: Is fighting cancer worthier than heart disease?

10 April 2019

In a piece for the AFR, Andrew Tillett and Ben Potter say that health experts are warning against Bill Shorten’s significant $2.3 billion cancer plan, which could risk neglecting patients suffering from other diseases, including heart disease, dement... more

Research: Inhaler research gives hope to needle-phobic

10 April 2019

Using an inhaler to take medicine instead of getting a needle could become the norm in the future if Australian research into dry powder drugs is successful. QUT pharmaceutical scientist Nazrul Islam is experimenting with using a powder made of nanop... more

Research: Cancer of liver rising

10 April 2019

The rate of liver cancer deaths and diagnoses has increased substantially in the past three decades, while outcomes for those diagnosed with the disease have worsened. Researchers say there needs to be a renewed focus on early diagnosis of liver canc... more

Support/Health Services: Shorten to slash waiting times

09 April 2019

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised a $500 million fund to shrink treatment waiting lists for cancer patients in state-run hospitals if he is elected prime minister. The announcement is the latest plank in the opposition’s $2.3 billion cancer... more

Support/Health Services: Insurers doubt bulk bill pledges

09 April 2019

The private health insurance sector has warned of potential cost shifting and compliance issues in Labor’s $2.3 billion cancer package, highlighting past experiences that show some specialists fail to comply with bulk billing pledges. Rachel David, h... more

Support/Health Services: Cancer doctors: Labor plan won’t cure system

09 April 2019

After the announcement of Labor’s $2.3 billion cancer treatment plan, oncologists have warned yesterday they could not guarantee they would bulk-bill their services. Australians receive treatment in public hospitals free of charge under the National ... more

Support/Health Services: $30m pledge in fight against ovarian cancer

09 April 2019

The federal government has committed $30 million to fight endometriosis and ovarian cancer as part of a new National Women’s Health Strategy geared towards prevention, early detection, treatments and, ultimately, cures. Health Minister Greg Hunt said... more

Medical and scientific: A prescient approach to cancer

08 April 2019

Cancer drug developer Prescient Therapeutics says it is set to be the first Australian company to conduct a new “basket” approach to clinical trials — a method that fuelled an $US8 billion ($11bn) deal in the US. The new approach means that rather th... more

Health services: $37.7m for kids cancer

07 April 2019

If elected, Bill Shorten has vowed to invest $37.7 million to support younger Australians who receive a cancer diagnosis. The bulk of the money — more than $24 million — will go to CanTeen, which supports young Australians aged 12 to 24 with their ca... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Food crusaders miss the point

07 April 2019

In an opinion piece David Penberthy writes about the new push by the Obesity Policy Coalition and Deakin University’s Institute for Health Transformation to police school canteens to only offer healthy food. They are seeking $100 million from the fed... more

Research: Why fibre is the new cancer fighter

07 April 2019

The Park Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy study looked at how effective immunotherapy was on patients with melanoma. They found the treatment was five times more effective for people who consumed fibre-rich meals, while a diet high in sugar and pro... more

Treatment: Advance in breast cancer treatment

07 April 2019

Many breast cancer survivors also suffer heart muscle damage or even heart failure as a result of cancer treatment. Now researchers from Heart Research Australia are working on a technique that will increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and redu... more

Health services: Doctors forced to bulk-bill for cancer rebate

06 April 2019

The opposition dismisses fears that doctors will raise their fees with impunity, as a result of the 2.3 billion cancer plan unveiled in opposition leader Bill Shorten’s budget reply. A new Medicare item will be created to offset 3 million consultatio... more

Support: Budget reply - ALP vow on cancer care costs

05 April 2019

Labor has pledged $2.3 billion to reduce the cost of cancer treatment by offering millions of free scans and specialist consultations - “the biggest cancer care package in Australian history”. Opposition leader Bill Shotrens revealed last night that ... more

Screening and immunisation: Success in HPV shots

05 April 2019

The Australian breakthrough HPV vaccine has led to a major drop in cervical disease in the UK. Since 2008, all British schoolgirls have been offered the human papillomavirus vaccine at the age of 12 or 13. A study of 138,000 women in Scotland shows t... more

Research: Booze, cigs old news

05 April 2019

A Cancer Council study shows high school students’ alcohol and tobacco consumption is falling, while their use of tranquillisers without a medical reason has slowly climbed. 20 per cent of students aged 12 to 17 admitted to recreationally using sleep... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Poor diet kills one in six

05 April 2019

Nearly one in six deaths in Australia and New Zealand can be attributed to poor diet, a study presented by The Lancet medical journal has revealed. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancers caused by unhealthy eating killed more than 24,000... more

Skin cancer: Don’t look past sunscreen blindspot

04 April 2019

A study by the University of Liverpool has found that many people don’t apply sunscreen to their eye area even when they covered the rest of their face. About 14 per cent of participants completely missed their eye area with sunscreen, while nearly 2... more

Research: Death rates on decline

04 April 2019

Death rates from prostate cancer have either stabilised or declined in most countries since the turn of the century. A new international survey by the American Cancer Society revealed that: “in the most recent five years of data examined, prostate ca... more

Tobacco: Smokers coughing up $17bn

03 April 2019

The tax collected on tobacco has boosted government funds by almost $5 billion in a year after the government increased the excise tax on cigarettes last year. Federal budget forecasts of the amount of tax collected on tobacco will rise from $12.85bn... more

Support: End to Medicare rebates freeze just what the doctor ordered

03 April 2019

The government has moved to make peace with the doctors’ lobby by bringing forward the end of a freeze on Medicare rebates. Beginning on July 1, the indexation of rebates for the remaining 119 general practitioner item numbers on the Medical Benefits... more

Research: IVF babies have higher chance of getting cancer

03 April 2019

Children born using IVF may be at higher risk of cancer, researchers from the University of Minnesota have found. Writing in JAMA Pediatrics, Scientists studied 275,700 children conceived via IVF and compared them with 2.3 million children conceived ... more

Health services: More nurses to fight cancer

03 April 2019

Women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer will have access to more specialist nurses to help them navigate the health system, thanks to funding in the Budget. The Government will spend $45 million over the next four years on 41 new McGrat... more

Health services: Federal budget 2019 - Clinical cash on dialing in docs

03 April 2019

The government last night announced a number of investments to help in cancer research, prevention and patient support as part of the 2019 Federal Budget. This including funding of an effective new treatment for lymphoblastic leukaemia from May 1, wh... more

Support: Cuts to medicine costs

02 April 2019

Thousands of Australians living with cancer will get cheaper lifesaving drugs as part of today’s Budget. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced $81.5 million will be spent cutting the cost of one drug from $155,000 a year to just $40 for each script. Ab... more

Occupation and environment: Parents boycott school over asbestos fears

02 April 2019

Up to 100 parents of children at Essendon North Primary School have written to Education Minister James Merlino telling him they would be keeping their kids at home all week over asbestos fears. Children had been allowed to keep playing on the school... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Canteen cops

02 April 2019

A new obesity “scorecard” released today reveals a haphazard approach throughout states and their schools in regards to canteen fare. In the lead-up to the federal election, Deakin University’s Institute for Health Transformation, in partnership with... more

Tobacco: Tougher e-cigarette and shisha laws target minors

01 April 2019

Minors will have limited access to shisha devices and e-cigarettes, under new South Australian laws. The use of e-cigarettes in non-smoking areas and online sales have been banned under the legislation which took effect from yesterday. SA’s Director ... more

Tobacco: Pregnant puff puts daughters at risk

01 April 2019

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy could be harming their daughters’ fertility in years to come, research published in FASEB science journal suggests. Women have been warned about the risks of smoking while pregnant for years, with offspring at risk ... more

Skin cancer: Truth on sunscreens

01 April 2019

Hundreds of consumers have been posting negative online reviews of sunscreen products for not working, but experts say it is because people aren’t applying enough of the product. Associate professor Dr Stephen Shumack, principal at Central Sydney Der... more

Research: West is best for good health

01 April 2019

The 2017-18 National Health Survey has found that WA had lower rates of obesity and smoking compared with the rest of the country. The survey also found that West Australians were more likely to exercise compared with the nation as a whole, with six ... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Is sitting really the new smoking?

01 April 2019

A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health suggests long periods spent sitting contributed to 70,000 deaths in 2016 in the UK, and for the first time has put a figure on its cost to the National Health Service — £700 mill... more

Research: The fight for a cure

29 March 2019

The Telethon Kids Institute is working with the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation and the fundraising group Sock it to Sarcoma, in the hope of finding a treatment to help children battling the deadly disease sarcoma. Researchers are... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Bad diets a disease risk for women

29 March 2019

A University of NSW study of 200,000 women predicts being overweight and drinking alcohol will cause 30,000 cancer cases in the next 10 years. More than one in two women drink alcohol regularly and three in five are overweight or obese. “We found tha... more

Support: FFS, lung patients need help

29 March 2019

Fed-up doctors and nurses are fronting a hard-hitting campaign to highlight how people with lung cancer are suffering because of discrimination against smokers. Lung Cancer Australia says the campaign name, Free from Stigma, intentionally has a tagli... more

Support: $32m for breast scans

29 March 2019

The Federal Government will spend $32 million on improving the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, enabling patients to save up to $1500 on MRI and PET scans. To be announced in next week’s Federal Budget, the subsidised MRI scans ... more

Screening and immunisation: 3600 are overdue for bowel cancer test

28 March 2019

Health Department data released to The Advertiser shows about 3600 patients awaiting a colonoscopy are considered “overdue” for the procedure. This is down from 4100 people in August last year but the figure still falls short of the State Government’... more

Occupation and environment: ‘Huge victory’ for NSW family over dad’s asbestos death

28 March 2019

Three Aboriginal children whose father died from mesothelioma in the NSW Central West have won a battle for compensation against the state government. The family alleged that negligence by Housing Commission contractors caused Mr Ingram to be exposed... more

Medical and scientific: We must get up early to tackle ovarian cancer

28 March 2019

In a piece for the Herald Sun, Justin Smith – who lost his own mother to ovarian cancer – writes about the difficultly of detecting the disease early and the lack of knowledge among women about early symptoms. He claims there is a lack of funding ded... more

Health services: New centre to research disease

28 March 2019

Today, a virtual Centre for Child and Adolescent Brain Cancer Research – the first of its kind in Australia – will be launched in Brisbane, bringing together the best minds in the field in Queensland to improve treatments and outcomes. The new resear... more

Treatment: Exercise at the heart if prostate cancer therapy

26 March 2019

Melbourne scientists are trying to determine if combining exercise with the hormone treatment 'androgen deprivation therapy' (ADT) can improve heart structure and function, so men can overcome prostate cancer without affecting their cardiovascular he... more

Research: Research funds to target diseases at gene level

26 March 2019

Australia’s brightest medical researchers will share in a $65 million investment by the Morrison Government, in a new push to find cures for cancer, children’s illnesses and diseases with low survival rates. The research grants will be the first call... more

Research: Cancer at lowest rate in decade

26 March 2019

A snapshot of cancer released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has found the rate of cancer per 100,000 people diagnosed has fallen 5 per cent in the past 10 years. Cancer remains the leading cause of death in Australia, accounting f... more

Treatment: Learning from tragic chemo dose mistakes

25 March 2019

The inquest into the underdosing of 10 cancer patients during chemotherapy in South Australia in 2014 and early 2015 was unable to determine with certainty the degree to which once-daily chemotherapy doses, instead of the recommended twice-daily, con... more

Supportive care: Specialists resist gap fee clarity

25 March 2019

A bid to provide consumers with greater transparency over medical gap fees has had a mixed response from the specialist groups needed to support the initiative. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt this month announced a government plan for a new fees w... more

Supportive care: Battle can be harder for those with ‘wrong cancer’

25 March 2019

In the Saturday Age, Liam Mannix writes a piece about the inconsistent funding and supportive care services dedicated towards different types of cancer. He focuses on the personal experience of 36-year old Rebecca Davis, who witnessed the difference ... more

Research: Survey to assess cancer knowledge

25 March 2019

A Facebook survey to reveal how much Tasmanians know about bowel cancer is one of three cancer research projects that will be funded by almost $30,000 raised at Cancer Council Tasmania’s Gala Ball last year. The second project will investigate a link... more

Research: Super mac

25 March 2019

Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre will become a global hub for a radical new cancer treatment under a half-billion dollar boost to health funding for Victoria in the federal Budget. A new centre at Peter Mac will offer the cancer-killing CAR-... more

Research: Fertility hope in monkey birth

25 March 2019

A monkey left infertile after undergoing chemotherapy as a juvenile has fathered an infant because scientists at the University of Pittsburgh froze its testicular tissue before treatment, then re-grew it after the animal reached adulthood. It is the ... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Consumer push to mandate food ratings

25 March 2019

Consumer and public health groups are renewing their push to make the government’s Health Star Ratings mandatory to boost public confidence in the labelling system, but the food industry would resist such a change. The Cancer Council calls for a mand... more

Environment and occupation: Caution urged in glyphosate use

25 March 2019

Cancer Council Australia has called for better information for workers using the herbicide glyphosate as the spotlight sharpens on the popular weedkiller following a successful US court action against Roundup. Cancer Council chief executive Sanchia A... more

Research: Leukaemia drug on fast track

25 March 2019

The search to find a better drug for leukaemia and other cancers has been accelerated with support from global pharmaceutical company GSK. UniSA research on the potential leukaemia drug has won the latest GSK Discovery Fast Track Challenge. The resea... more

Supportive care: New plan to fight cancer

22 March 2019

Yesterday the NT Government released its NT Cancer Care Strategy 2019-2022, which aims to improve cancer care services across the Territory. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the 2018 Budget allocated $35.3 million over five years for cancer care se... more

Health services: Health lift for fringes

22 March 2019

The Morrison Government yesterday announced $25 million funding to roll out clinical trials closer to people living in outer Melbourne, and regional and remote Victoria. Health Minister Greg Hunt said his government would provide the funding to suppo... more

Research: New cancer risk for melanoma survivors

22 March 2019

People who have survived melanoma cancer have a greater risk of developing another cancer, research from the University of the Sunshine Coast and Cancer Council Queensland reveals. The research, published today in the Journal of Investigative Dermato... more

Screening and immunisation: Push for breast check for 45

22 March 2019

Breast cancer groups – Breast Cancer Network, the McGrath Foundation, Pink Hope and Breast Cancer WA - want mammograms offered to women in their 40s, claiming some are dying because they are not being offered the free checks. While the Commonwealth’s... more

Treatment: Cancer patients’ new hope

21 March 2019

A Melbourne-developed drug Venetoclax has successfully treated leukaemia for more than half the patients treated with it, offering a lifeline to older patients otherwise left with no option other than palliative care. Results published today in the J... more

Screening and immunisation: Catch it early and survive

21 March 2019

Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show cancer is responsible for three out of 10 deaths in Australia and numbers are rising because of the ageing and growing population. Survival rates, however, have improved markedly, with ... more

Occupational and environmental: Herbicide companies defend Roundup weedkiller

21 March 2019

Major herbicide companies have defended the weed killer glyphosate following a successful US court action against the product, saying it had been used for decades and that many studies had confirmed the product was safe. On Tuesday a US jury found in... more

Research: Breast cancer high in ACT but mortality lower

21 March 2019

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, Cancer in Australia 2019, released today found the ACT still has the highest rates of breast cancer in the country but the lowest number of deaths and cases of cancers overall. According to the r... more

Research: Drinking hot beverages could put health at risk

21 March 2019

People who drink at least two cups of hot tea a day see their risk of gullet cancer almost double, research published in the International Journal of Cancer has found. Those who drink their tea less than two minutes after it is ready have a 51 per ce... more

Screening and immunisation: Labor’s over-the-counter pill plan has its risks

20 March 2019

In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney GP Elizabeth Oliver writes about Labor party’s election promise to make the contraceptive pill available over the counter in pharmacies. She expresses concern that skipping the “I need my scri... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Weekly walk to stay alive

20 March 2019

A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a study of almost 90,000 people released yesterday. Reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, people who walked or g... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Call to ban diet guru

20 March 2019

Scientists and clinicians are calling on Melbourne University to cancel a seminar by a controversial nutritionist who has claimed a high-fat diet ‘‘starves’’ cancer. Christine Cronau, a Brisbane based nutritionist and author of Bring Back The Fat, is... more

Treatment: Breast cancer hope

19 March 2019

A new breast cancer drug ‘Nerlynx’ has been approved for use in Australia from today, which has shown to reduce the five-year risk of death or recurrence in women with early stage HER2+ by 42 percent. The Therapeutic Goods Administration has now appr... more

Support: Drug list to ease cost pain

19 March 2019

The Morrison Government will today add three new treatments to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, likely to save families up to $300,000 a year and prolong the lives of Australians suffering from Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease and some rare canc... more

Tobacco: Cancer risk for women in e-cigarettes

18 March 2019

Teenage girls using e-cigarettes may be raising their risk of developing breast cancer, Professor Kefah Mokbel — one of the top breast cancer surgeons in Britain — has warned. Toxic substances in the vapours inhaled by users have been linked to breas... more

Supportive care: Cost of scans will finally be reduced

18 March 2019

Out-of-pocket costs for procedures such as ultrasounds and X-rays are expected to drop after the federal government promised to increase subsidies for medical scans. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce rebates are set for an annual ... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Inactivity killing sports ability

18 March 2019

Queensland children can’t run, jump, kick, throw or catch as well as children from previous generations, worried sporting communities warn. Sports authorities from a variety of codes have said the difference in ability is noticeable, with some organi... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Aussies more overweight but suffering malnutrition

18 March 2019

The diet of many Australians has become so poor that two in three who are overweight are now malnourished. A News Corp investigation has found Australian women are deficient in calcium and iron, and all Australians are eating less fibre than they nee... more

Research: New test for cancer

15 March 2019

Scientists have identified 11 different types of cancer and by looking at genes in tumours can now predict how likely breast cancer survivors are to relapse within the next 20 years. A test is expected to be available within five years. University of... more

Research: Prostate operation test

14 March 2019

Thousands of men could be spared life-changing treatment for prostate cancer, after scientists developed a short computer questionnaire that gives men their odds of dying from prostate cancer and compares it with their risk of dying from other illnes... more

Research: Wireless worries

14 March 2019

Trendy earbud headphones could raise the risk of cancer, according to a group of 250 scientists and researchers who have recently submitted a petition to the World Health Organisation and UN. The scientists warn that because the headphones are put de... more

Screening and immunisation: Cancer test wait time blowout

14 March 2019

A News Limited article claims that nearly 60,000 people a year who test positive in the bowel cancer screening program are waiting up to six months for a colonoscopy to determine if they have cancer. The article reports that Australian Institute of H... more

Supportive care: Battle against breast cancer is going digital

13 March 2019

This week the first Australian digital guide for managing breast cancer is launching, providing information more relevant to individual needs and situations. Breast Cancer Network is today unveiling the new My Journey app that will allow women to tai... more

Research: Internal cancer zapped by light

13 March 2019

A tiny implant developed by scientists at Waseda University in Tokyo could improve the treatment of hard-to-reach tumours by killing cancer cells with light. Around the size of a postage stamp, it uses a “marine glue” – which mussels produce to help ... more

Supportive care: Support your ailing workers

12 March 2019

In an opinion piece, Karen Van Gorp writes about the importance of employers supporting employees diagnosed with cancer, and survivors returning to work. She says that ongoing communication is essential, and that employers often underestimate the hea... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Shake ‘diabetes state’ tag

12 March 2019

SA Health’s latest public consultation report for its five-year health and wellbeing strategy says that encouraging South Australians to maintain a healthy weight is the key to lowering the burden of chronic disease. Disease burden due to obesity cou... more

Tobacco: Breath of new life for vaping

11 March 2019

Lifting a ban on electronic cigarettes would help thousands of Aussie smokers quit, new research has found. A critical report into the Government’s ban on vaping by the McKell Institute claims Australia is “out of step” with other western nations and... more

Tobacco: Bid to stop affliction brought by cigarettes

11 March 2019

News Corp Australia in partnership with the Heart Foundation and with the support of Quit, and the Australian Medical Association, is calling for an investment of $200 million over four years to reinstate and maintain a national tobacco campaign. Thi... more

Supportive Care: Bub bliss ahead for struggling families

11 March 2019

The fertility of young cancer sufferers will be protected with a new scheme to be made widely available in NSW, while women who are struggling to fall pregnant will be granted up to $500 in rebates to cover fertility tests. Unveiled by the Berejiklia... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Junk food apps take bite at kids

11 March 2019

Junk food advertisers are targeting the social media accounts of children as young as eight because there are no laws stopping them. The Obesity Policy Coalition are demanding more regulation, with more than one in four children classified as overwei... more

Screening and immunisation: Needless cancer alarm

11 March 2019

Almost half of prostate cancers diagnosed through Australian screening tests are “dormant” and would cause no harm if left undetected and untreated, researchers have found. In an Australian-first study, led by Bond University, researchers estimated t... more

Tobacco: Heart fears over e-cigs

11 March 2019

Using e-cigarettes daily raises the risk of heart attacks by just over a third, researchers have warned. Concerns are growing about the long-term health effects of vaping, despite electronic cigarette devices being increasingly seen as an aid in stop... more

Tobacco: Call for tight rein on e-cigarette fluids

08 March 2019

E-cigarette liquids would be sold in childproof packaging with new warning labels if the Andrews Government in Victoria succeeds in its push for tough new national regulations. Health Minister Jenny Mikakos will call on the Commonwealth to take actio... more

Research: Cancer fight cash boost

08 March 2019

The development of an under-the-tongue vaccine for oral cancers will get a boost as part of Cancer Council Victoria’s biggest funding allocation for the year. The charity will support 11 promising Victorian cancer research projects with $3 million ov... more

Research: Aspirin gives hope

08 March 2019

Regular use of aspirin could reduce the chances of endometrial cancer in women carrying too much weight, Scientists at QIMR Berghofer have found. They say overweight or obese women are up to five times more likely to develop the cancer than those in ... more

Treatment: Double tumour assault

07 March 2019

Australian women with advanced breast cancer are to be treated with a world-first combination immunotherapy that aims to make the disease chronic rather than terminal. Two new national clinical trials, led by Melbourne researchers, will double up on ... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: A gutfull of low-carbs

07 March 2019

Nutrition experts have warned that low-carb diets are fueling a rise in stomach problems among younger people. Reducing carbs has the knock on effect of reducing fibre intake, which is vital for stomach health and reducing risk of heart disease, stro... more

Research: Cancer a bigger risk for red heads

05 March 2019

Researchers at the University of Queensland found that people with red hair are two to four times more likely to develop melanoma. People with multiple moles measuring at least 5mm in diameter were found to be five times more susceptible to the disea... more

Treatment: Best children’s cancer centre in the world’ coming to Sydney

04 March 2019

Children with cancer will have access to Australia’s first Comprehensive Children’s Cancer Centre and a new emergency department at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. The NSW and federal governments have committed $528 million to fund the ce... more

Support: Doctor fees shame site

04 March 2019

Doctors who charge patients with huge out-of-pocket bills for specialist treatments will be named and shamed in a new website being launched by the Federal Government. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce a new website which will list fees a... more

Support: Chronic need for help

04 March 2019

March is International Lymphoedema Awareness Month and the Lymphoedema Support Group of SA is appealing for therapy funding and a compression garment subsidy in the next State Budget. Around 2300 South Australians are living with lymphoedema – swelli... more

Screening and immunisation: Bowel cancer, glaucoma: older Australians ignoring health advice

04 March 2019

Today Cancer Council Australia is launching an urgent call for more people to complete the free life-saving bowel cancer test, after research shows that only four in 10 older Australians are using the free kits. The mass media campaign includes a TV ... more

Screening and immunisation: Anti-vaxxer scare campaign unsafe

04 March 2019

Health experts have condemned a dangerous scare campaign aimed at deterring WA parents from consenting to their teens being vaccinated against cancer-causing HPV. Anti-vaxxers have been using social media to spread misinformation that the Gardasil va... more

Research: Cancer’s cruel lottery

04 March 2019

In a piece for The Weekend Australian, associate editor Jamie Walker writes about genomic testing and the lag between what scientists know they can do to help ill people and what the health system allows. In the “lottery of cancer”, he says, the odds... more

Research: Benchmark set for cancer tests

04 March 2019

Queensland has set a 15-year target to upgrade cancer testing with breakthrough genomic sequencing, creating one of the first government benchmarks for the rollout of the technology. State Health Minister Steven Miles said “nearly all” patients with ... more

Research: All-female team to fight male cancer

04 March 2019

A team of six of South Australian women scientists are doing world-first research to combat prostate cancer, the second biggest male cancer killer in Australia. The team from South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute are leading a group ... more

Research: Almost half cancer children untreated

28 February 2019

45 per cent of children with cancer are left undiagnosed and untreated, according to a new study of the disease’s global footprint among under-15s, published yesterday. Worldwide, there are some 400,000 new cases of childhood cancer each year, but ba... more

Research: Blood test hope for fatty liver

28 February 2019

A blood test to detect liver disease years before symptoms occur is being developed after a Melbourne-led discovery. By analysing levels of toxic fats in the blood, researchers from the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Universities of Sydne... more

Research: Cancer hope in crayfish

27 February 2019

A study recently published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules has found that some cancers could be treated using a compound in crayfish shells. The compound called chitin, a type of sugar that forms on the hard outer shell of c... more

Treatment: Territory rare cancer patients to have more local options

26 February 2019

People living in the Northern Territory with rare cancers will now be able to access potentially lifesaving treatment close to home as part of the National Genomic Cancer Medical Program. The Northern Territory Government has signed up to the initiat... more

Treatment: PBS listing to help in cancer war

25 February 2019

Australians with bladder cancer will be able to access a drug to be subsidised on the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme to treat the life-threatening illness. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced yesterday the price of immunotherapy, Key... more

Support: Greedy doctors like bad bankers

25 February 2019

The managing director of Bupa Dwayne Crombie has compared medical specialists charging super-sized fees to bad bankers and says they should be hounded out of the profession. The call comes as frustration builds in the private health insurance industr... more

Screening: Gene testing booming

25 February 2019

A growing number of Australians are using genetic testing to help diagnose hereditary diseases and cancers as the technology goes mainstream. Research by pathologists has found a more than 70 per cent increase in the number of genetic tests being car... more

Research: Playing for treatment

25 February 2019

Playstation technology as health experts are using PlayStation 4 virtual reality technology to develop a practical application to combat rare youth cancers and help target treatment individually. “(It) is going to allow researchers to identify the un... more

Occupational and Environmental: Trial to cut toxins in firies’ blood

25 February 2019

The Victorian CFA will today announce a clinical pilot today which aims to prove that donating blood and plasma can reduce PFAS levels. Hundreds of firefighters will donate blood in a world first study to see if it reduces the level of toxic chemical... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Health labels for veggies

25 February 2019

New recommendations from a major independent, five-year review into the Health Star Rating system are to be released today. The recommendations include putting a five-star health rating on fruit and vegetables, and overhauling the Health Star Rating ... more

Research: How onion breath cuts cancer risk

22 February 2019

One small onion a day could be enough to prevent bowel cancer, which was the third most common diagnosed cancer last year with more than 17,000 new cases. A Chinese study of more than 1600 people found that those with the highest intake of allium veg... more

Research: Deadliest cancers research push

22 February 2019

Victorians being treated for cancers with low survival rates are the focus of three new research studies aiming to improve survival rates and and quality of life. Researchers will test whether an at-home exercise program can improve the health and we... more

Medical and scientific: Action plan targets nation’s second-biggest killer

22 February 2019

The Coalition government has unveiled a national blueprint to combat the pervasive and chronically underfunded lung conditions affecting millions of Australians. On Thursday, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the National Strategic Action Plan for ... more

Tobacco: Let’s not get burnt all over again

21 February 2019

In an opinion piece, Sukhwinder S. Sohal writes about the increasing popularity of E-cigarettes, which “still deliver nicotine” and represent a new tactic by the tobacco industry to turn over sales as the number of tobacco smokers gradually declines.... more

Screening and immunisation: No cervical cancer by 2100

21 February 2019

The worldwide elimination of cervical cancer is on track for 2100 if vaccination and screening programs against the disease can be scaled up quickly, a new report by Cancer Council NSW and the International Agency for Research on Cancer says. The rep... more

Support: There are so many out there trying to scam money in return for the illusion of wealth, love or health

20 February 2019

In an opinion piece Tory Shepard writes about fraudulent claims that cannabis can cure cancer. The piece focuses on evidence-based uses for cannabis such as pain relief or to alleviate nausea for cancer patients, and the myths around alternative canc... more

Alcohol: Inside story on alcohol

19 February 2019

A graphic ad campaign showing how alcohol runs through the bloodstream to damage healthy cells has been launched to highlight the links between alcohol consumption and eight types of cancer. Alcohol causes more than 3200 cancer cases annually in Aust... more

Research: More kids surviving

15 February 2019

The latest data from the Australian Childhood Cancer Registry shows childhood cancer rates are on the rise in Australia, but mortality rates have decreased by 38 per cent over the last two decades. The figures show 770 children aged 14 and under are ... more

Research: Big boost for battle against brain cancer

15 February 2019

Australians with brain tumours and other rare diseases now have a bigger chance to receive the latest experimental treatments with the launch of 23 clinical trials announced by Medical Research Future Fund today. Among the trials leading the federal ... more

Medical and scientific: The gut’s more than a trash compactor

15 February 2019

In his weekly column, Sean Parnell writes about the importance of fostering good gut health in light of the CSIROs new Total Wellbeing Diet for Gut Health program. He writes “If the current rates of smoking, drinking and overconsumption continue, Aus... more

Tobacco issues: Where there’s smoke

14 February 2019

The hands of children of smokers are covered in nicotine even when their parents make the effort not to smoke around them, research has found. The study has revealed the only way to prevent toxic cross-contamination is for smokers to shower and chang... more

Tobacco issues: Unrivaled smoking research by UTAS

14 February 2019

Research by the University of Tasmania School of Health Sciences has found IQOS branded heated tobacco products were as detrimental to human lung cells as smoking cigarettes and vaping. Like e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes, the data collected... more

Tobacco issues: Smokers hit with new rules

14 February 2019

Smokers will be banished 10m from the boundaries of community events and facilities, and minors employed at tobacco retailers will no longer be able to sell cigarettes under legislation passed through Parliament yesterday. It’s the same legislation w... more

Screening and immunisation: HPV test scares women

14 February 2019

Women are being put off cervical screening over fears the results could suggest they or their partners have been cheating, UK a survey found. The survey of more than 2000 women found nearly 25 per cent said they would be worried about what people tho... more

Research: Survival rates improved

14 February 2019

A newer, faster, focused and more powerful form of radiotherapy has greatly improved survival rates for lung cancer patients and is set to change treatment around the world. A 10-year study by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has found very high doses o... more

Research: Change in breast cancer warnings

14 February 2019

Flinders University research asking why middle aged women ignore the breast cancer risk of drinking alcohol suggests health promotion activities should instead focus on the more tangible, short-term risks such as weight gain. The research published t... more

Research: Breast implants put women at risk of rare cancer, study finds.

14 February 2019

All breast implants, textured and smooth, put women at an increased risk of a rare form of cancer, the US Food and Goods Administration (FGA) has warned. The FGA has urged plastic surgeons, GPs and other health professionals to be on the lookout for ... more

Tobacco issues: Fired-up by vape rules

13 February 2019

New laws that regulate e-cigarettes in the same way as tobacco products will put the lives of Territorians at risk, according to vaping advocates. During sittings this week, the Territory Parliament is expected to debate the new Tobacco Control Amend... more

Research: Ovarian cancer risk link

13 February 2019

Queensland scientists have discovered that women who suffer from endometriosis or uterine fibroids and undergo hysterectomies have an 80 per cent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer. It is estimated that 1.2 million Australian women suffer from e... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Process of eating to an early grave

13 February 2019

Recent research suggests eating “ultra-processed” food significantly raises the risk of an early death.  A major study of nearly 45,000 people has found those who eat a lot of industrially produced food such as ready meals, sugary cereals, sweets and... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: New nutrition rules called for as Australians get fatter

13 February 2019

The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has released a report examining the cost of poor nutrition to Australians’ health, calling on the government to update its National Nutrition Policy. The report, titled Nourish Not Neglect: Putting Health... more

Tobacco issues: The addict craves swift release

11 February 2019

In a piece for the AFR, Jill Margo writes about the ongoing debate surrounding the safety of vaping, particularly as a method to quit smoking. She interviews celebrity QC Robert Richter, a ‘pack-a-day’ smoker for fifty years who, after recovering fro... more

Research: Plan for treatment to target ‘evil’ cells protecting cancers

11 February 2019

A Sydney scientist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research is attempting to use the strength of immunotherapy to treat triple negative breast cancers. Dr Valdes Mora has secured one of 21 fellowships and a share in $10.4 million from the NSW gove... more

Research: Fatty diet lifts prostate cancer risk

08 February 2019

Men who eat more saturated fats are at greater risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than those with a healthier diet. The international study led by Australian experts at Monash and Melbourne universities found fatty acids are taken up into ... more

Research: ‘Cool’ antibody may prove cancer buster

08 February 2019

Researchers from the Baker Institute in Melbourne say they have discovered a new avenue to fight cancer. Published in Theranostics, the early-stage research is led by a team who specialise in blood clots that cause strokes and heart attacks. They had... more

Screening and immunisation: Early detection key focus in cancer war

08 February 2019

In his weekly health column, Sean Parnell writes about World Cancer Day, and the importance of early detection, screening and diagnosis. The piece focuses on the current state of play in Australia, where although screening programs are well-regarded,... more

Tobacco issues: Baby dies after contact with vaping liquid

07 February 2019

A baby has died after being exposed to liquid nicotine from an e-cigarette, raising fears about the safety of the increasingly popular vaping devices. The incident comes amid escalating cases of children and adults being poisoned by vaping liquid – i... more

Research: Hope for victims of prostate cancer

07 February 2019

A Monash University breakthrough may allow doctors to starve prostate cancers of the food they need to grow, effectively halving the rate at which the deadly disease can spread. Having discovered that prostate cancer cells fuel themselves with fatty ... more

Skin cancer: It’s time to slip, slop, slap us silly

07 February 2019

Australia has regained the title of having the highest rates of invasive melanoma in the world, pushing New Zealand off top spot. New research has found that about 50 in every 100,000 Australians were diagnosed with the potentially deadly skin cancer... more

Screening and immunisation: HPV jab hit by myths

05 February 2019

THE HPV vaccine is safe, effective and critical for eliminating cervical cancer, UN experts have found. The International Agency for Research on Cancer says protection is long-lasting and cost-effective, but it says anti-vaccination myths spread on s... more

Research: Going with their gut

05 February 2019

Researchers from the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and Monash University have discovered and captured more than 100 new species of bacteria, heightening the potential of using bacteria as medicine. The team has set up an international library ... more

Support: Men ‘abandoned’ after enduring prostate cancer

04 February 2019

UK researchers have found that thousands of men are being abandoned without support after surviving prostate cancer. After interviewing 20,000 men, the study found 81 per cent of men were left with poor sexual function after their treatment, yet 56 p... more

Support: Are you sure this is cancer?

04 February 2019

In a piece for the AFR Weekend, Jill Margo writes that the social and emotional impact of a “cancer” diagnosis is creating a new movement to drop the word cancer when a person’s disease has an ultra-low risk of progressing. A growing number of doctor... more

Skin cancer: The heat is on sunburnt kids

04 February 2019

A record number of West Australians were treated at hospital emergency departments for severe sunburn last year — and half of them were children and teenagers. Cancer Council WA figures show 307 people sought medical help for sunburn in emergency dep... more

Research: Breast cancer risk peaks after childbirth

04 February 2019

Women may be at increased risk of breast cancer for more than two decades after giving birth, research by the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health suggests. An analysis of 15 prospective studies involving 900,000 women... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Pressure to ban transport ads

04 February 2019

Pressure is mounting on the NSW government to ban junk food advertisements on public transport, with new research showing children who catch the bus or train to school are exposed to 4.5 ads for chips, donuts and ice cream per trip. With 21 per cent,... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Eat right to avoid cancer

04 February 2019

Up to 200,000 cancer cases could be avoided over 25 years if Australians lost weight and exercised more, according to research funded by Cancer Council Australia. The prediction, on World Cancer Day, highlights the growing urgency for the federal gov... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Icy poles sugar means not so sweet a treat

04 February 2019

Popular icy poles can contain as many as five teaspoons of sugar in a single serve, a review by Cancer Council Victoria’s LiveLighter program has found. The study assessed the nutritional content panels of 23 cool treats and found just over half exce... more

Tobacco: E-cigarettes ‘effective’ for quitting

01 February 2019

E-cigarettes are almost twice as effective at helping smokers quit as nicotine replacement treatments like patches, lozenges and gum, according to the results of a major clinical trial. The study, conducted by the University of Michigan, involved alm... more

Research: Mums need a hand

01 February 2019

Research from the Royal Women’s Hospital is uncovering how mothers experience a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. PhD student Carissa Kuswanto led a review of the evidence around psychological wellbeing of mothers during cancer treatment, findin... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Grandkids get their fill of chips and lollies

01 February 2019

A study of 1000 grandparents by Cancer Council WA, Curtin University and Cancer Council Victoria found that grandparents are sneaking unhealthy snacks into the diets of their grandchildren. While most provided unhealthy food, grandfathers were more l... more

Skin cancer: Seniors told slip slop is for life

29 January 2019

Older Australians should not become complacent about sun protection, experts warn. About 97 per cent of all skin cancers are non-melanoma varieties, which continue to appear as people age. More than 400,000 are diagnosed each year, compared with abou... more

Skin cancer: Not so…Sunny disposition

29 January 2019

In a piece for the Hobart Mercury, Tracy Renkin writes about the fact that sun smart messaging is still not sinking in for teenagers whot are still more worried about the social consequences of wearing a hat, versus the potentially deadly sun damage.... more

Research: Spot cancer for long life

29 January 2019

UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that getting a prostate cancer diagnosis early can help men fighting the disease live longer than men who have never had it. Spotting the cancer at stage one meant they were 0.5 per cent more lik... more

Research: Microwave cancer lifeline

29 January 2019

British lung cancer patients previously told there was “no hope” have been the first in the world to benefit from lifesaving surgery that microwaves tumours, burning them away and leaving no scars. Nine cancer sufferers have so far had the revolution... more

Research: Call for cancer straight talk

29 January 2019

Cancer is not a war, battle or fight, and people diagnosed with it should not be called fighters, warriors or heroes – that’s the message from a survey of people who have or have had the illness. The UK poll by Macmillan Cancer Support of 2000 people... more

Research: Baby can trigger cancer cells

29 January 2019

Breast cancer in young women is more likely to be fatal if it occurs after they’ve had a baby, a new study shows. Changes to the breasts triggered by bearing a child make it easier for cancer cells to spread, researchers found. “If a woman gets breas... more

Medical and scientific: To kiss or not to kiss

29 January 2019

In a piece for the AFR Weekend, Jill Margo writes about rising cases of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer in most First World countries. The piece focuses on whether there is enough evidence to suggest that deep, open-mouth kissing can spread the viru... more

Skin cancer: Slip, slop & slap EVERY morning

25 January 2019

Queensland experts will today reveal revised sun safe policy which recommends Australians apply sunscreen every morning as a habit. Delegates from the country’s peak health bodies voted in support of the new guidelines at a national Sunscreen Summit ... more

Research: Scientists crack cellular youth code

25 January 2019

Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University have cracked a key process in how cells right across the body stay healthy and youthful. The finding could help design new drugs to protect against brain diseases, infection, and even treat obesity and c... more

Skin cancer: Red alert over UV

24 January 2019

Public hospital sunburn data shows an average of four Victorians a day need hospital treatment for sunburn in the peak of summer, with health experts warning that UV damage adds up quickly across the day. 278 people presented to hospital last financi... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Junk food ads take aim at kids online

24 January 2019

Children are being exposed to junk food advertising online and on social media in what has been branded a sneaky attempt by companies to circumvent codes around not marketing to kids. The Obesity Policy Coalition has called out some of the biggest fo... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: It’s not a glass of happiness you’re drinking

24 January 2019

In a piece for the Hobart Mercury, Alex Carlton writes about the hidden harms of soft drink – often promoted as a “nice, happy and joyful drink”, while causing “about as much pain and suffering as tobacco”. The piece focuses on the fact that the gove... more

Research: Gene clues to relapse

22 January 2019

University of Edinburgh scientists have identified genetic changes that may predict the likelihood of breast cancer relapse in women who take a common type of hormone therapy. It is believed the findings could help to identify those at risk so they c... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Well hello, sweetie

22 January 2019

The Rethink Sugary Drink initiative are turning soft drink marketers’ tricks back on them in their latest anti-sugar campaign appealing to the vanity of teenagers. Targeting 12-24-year-olds, the ad features a series of Instagram-worthy glamorous youn... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Sport and booze is a toxic mix kids don’t need to see

22 January 2019

In an opinion piece for the Herald Sun, John Alexander writes about the trend of high-profile sporting codes receiving sponsorship from alcohol companies and other “addictive” industries, and the exemption written into Australian advertising codes wh... more

Screening and Immunisation: Cancer rate rises for under 50s

22 January 2019

A Cancer Council NSW led study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention this month has found bowel cancer is increasingly being diagnosed in young Australians - but lowering the national screening age would do more harm than good... more

Treatment: Lung cancer drug drops from $8000 to $40.30

21 January 2019

Lung cancer patients struggling with the high cost of medicines will be given a helping hand with the price of a key drug to be slashed. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce that Tagrisso, also known as Osimertinib, will be listed on the Pha... more

Support: Cancer plea

21 January 2019

40 per cent of Australians admit the first question they would ask someone diagnosed with lung cancer is whether they smoked, before even expressing concern. To counter the stigma, the Lung Foundation Australia has launched a campaign which implores ... more

Skin cancer: Melenoma blazes treatment trail

21 January 2019

International trials, led by Australia, have shown that treatments for stage IV melanoma can be used earlier in stage III, when the disease appears to be regionally contained and has not yet spread to other organs. Often, stage III patients are sent ... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Time to think outside the school lunch box

21 January 2019

Nutrition Australia and the Cancer Council are calling on parents to consider giving children healthy leftovers and other creative options in school lunch boxes. As Nutrition Australia launches its Healthy Lunchbox Week, the Cancer Council is expandi... more

Screening and immunisation: Bush hit hardest by Big C

18 January 2019

Regional areas have higher rates of contracting bowel cancer than the national average, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures show, but it is more prevalent in those three regions than anywhere else in the state. The figures have prompte... more

Research: Transplant finding is a ‘big deal’

18 January 2019

Scientist Geoffrey Hill, a former Queenslander of the year, has made a breakthrough in understanding how a common virus reactivates in transplant patients, causing life-threatening complications. The finding is expected to lead to US trials of a new ... more

Occupational and environmental: Work-related skin cancer costs $12m

16 January 2019

In a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald Rachel Clun reports on the importance of sun safety and skin checks for Australia’s outdoor workers. The piece focuses on Goulburn Council’s work to promote sun safety, after data which shows work-related skin... more

Research: Poo transplant study flushes out new bowel disease treatment

16 January 2019

Poo transplants can successfully treat patients with a painful bowel disease that increases the risk of cancer, new Adelaide research shows. Furthermore, the researchers are developing a pill that can carry the crucial bacteria, avoiding the need for... more

Tobacco: Pesticides and poo in e-cigs

15 January 2019

POO, pesticides and nicotine are being inhaled by smokers of nicotine-free electronic cigarettes, a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia has found. Researchers have analysed the liquid in e-cigarettes sold online and over-the-counter a... more

Research: Funds best prescription

15 January 2019

A new research centre aimed at hastening the process of developing medicines will receive a $25 million funding injection from the Federal Government. Cutting-edge robotics equipment will be used at the Drug Discovery Centre at Melbourne’s Walter &am... more

Research: Robots in drug hunt

14 January 2019

Advanced robots will be enlisted by a new Melbourne research centre to develop live-saving drugs to cure rare conditions. The “drug discovery” centre at Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research will open in June, paving the way... more

Alcohol: Restricting alcohol ads cuts underage drinking

14 January 2019

Restricting alcohol ads on TV has been linked to a long-term reduction in underage drinking in an Australian first study. The research, spearheaded by Cancer Council Victoria, also shows the number of bottle shops, pubs and clubs in particular areas ... more

Alcohol: Boozy boomers in risky business

14 January 2019

Baby boomers are drinking at increasingly risky levels and the healthcare system is struggling to meet the needs of older Australians with alcohol related problems, according to research. Flinders University researchers analysed data from the Federal... more

Treatment: App helps in cancer diagnosis

11 January 2019

A free website and mobile phone app will give patients and their doctors up-to-date information on the two most common breast cancer genes, helping guide difficult decisions on issues such as breast and ovary removal. The website and app collate info... more

Occupational and environmental: MFS probe compo bid for tainted firefighters

11 January 2019

The Metropolitan Fire Service is looking at a possible mass compo claim for firefighters diagnosed with “concerning” high levels of dangerous toxins in their bodies. It is investigating the option of a “service-wide” hazardous incident reporting modu... more

Occupational and environmental: Health chief to probe Bellarine cancer deaths

11 January 2019

Victoria’s top health official will lead an analysis of data surrounding the high number of cancer deaths among young adults from the Bellarine Peninsula. Late last year The Age revealed some families in the area believed the high incidence of cancer... more

Tobacco issues: Picture this: Australia helps UK with packages

10 January 2019

Australia has provided the British government with its world-leading plain packaging images for cigarettes, to use free-of-charge in the case of a chaotic no-deal Brexit. With MPs poised to vote down Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal in the Commons n... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Call to ban junk food ads from the cricket pitch

10 January 2019

Health experts are calling for elite sport clubs to cut their ties with junk food, as advertisments during the family friendly cricket season continue to plug calorie-heavy meals. A survey of 2000 Australian adults by the Obesity Policy Coalition fou... more

Research: Rectal cancer deaths to rise

10 January 2019

Death rates from a form of bowel cancer are predicted to increase by almost 60% in Australia by 2035.  The global study, published in the International Journal of Cancer yesterday, also predicts that America will see a 28% jump and Ireland and Canada... more

Screening and immunisation: Screening cuts cancer fatalities

09 January 2019

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has shown for the first time that women diagnosed through BreastScreen Australia had a 69 per cent lower risk of dying from breast cancer before the end of December 2015 that those who had never be... more

Research: Rub-on gel for cancer

09 January 2019

A gel rubbed onto the skin every day could slash the risk of breast cancer. The clear and odorless gel contains a form of the anti-cancer drug tamoxifen, which has been used for years to treat women with the disease by reducing levels of the hormone ... more

Occupational and environmental: Cancer scare to be probed

09 January 2019

Victoria’s chief health officer will analyse Bellarine Peninsula data to identify any abnormalities amid fears of a cancer scare along the coast. The enquiry comes after revelations family members of former Bellarine Secondary College students who di... more

Treatment: Cancer centre expansion underway

08 January 2019

Territorians in need of cancer treatment will be able to receive better medical support at Royal Darwin Hospital thanks to the development of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre. While some Territorians may still need to travel interstate, the $5 mill... more

Skin cancer: Mixed messages on safe sun

07 January 2019

Australians are being told to abandon sun safety messages that glorify sun exposure and tout dangerous fads such as ‘‘a gentle pinking’’. Mixed messages are skewing the balance between the serious harms of ultraviolet radiation and the benefits of vi... more

Treatment: New wave of cancer survivors

06 January 2019

Advances in immunotherapy mean more patients are living longer, but immunotherapy research, trials and treatment clinics in WA are straining to cope with the “good problem”, as patients numbers blow out. Fast becoming an alternative to chemotherapy a... more

Nutrition and physical activity: ‘No proof’ kombucha benefits gut

06 January 2019

A new Cancer Council WA LiveLighter study of 77 kombucha products found no definitive scientific proof the drink benefited human gut health. “The recent popularity of kombucha fits into a growing public interest in our digestive system and how to bes... more

Research: Researchers match therapy to patients

06 January 2019

Cancer patients in WA are set to benefit from ground-breaking research that will better predict who will respond to immunotherapy treatment. The research into blood tests will improve identification of the most compatible patients, improve monitoring... more

Treatment: Opioid crisis for cancer patients

05 January 2019

In a piece for the Australian Financial Review: Weekend Jill Margo writes about the potential risk of addiction that arises when cancer patients are prescribed opioids for pain relief. While the orthodox view is that cancer patients with real pain wo... more

Treatment: $27m cancer nurse boost

05 January 2019

Breast cancer treatment will get a major boost with $27 million to pay for 41 more specialist nurses for the McGrath Foundation. On Saturday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the cash injection, which more than doubles the Federal Government’s... more

Skin cancer: Melanoma breakthrough

05 January 2019

Stopping the spread of melanoma could be as simple as cutting off the blood supply to the cancer, Queensland research has revealed. Scientists at the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute have identified stem cells which form blood vessels ... more

Research: Blood identifies newborn gene risks

05 January 2019

Almost one in 10 newborn babies may have genes that put them at risk of illness of disease, a study led by Brigham Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital shows. A simple blood test for infants can detect genetic mutations that could lead to ... more

Research: Bionomics part of cancer trial

05 January 2019

SA biotech company Bionomics’ cancer drug candidate is part of a new experimental clinical trial with a global pharmaceutical giant. The Thebarton-based company said the trial – using its BNC105 drug candidate in combination with Bristol-Myers Squibb... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Slim hopes for obesity ‘disease’

05 January 2019

UK doctors claim that obesity must be treated as a disease rather than a lifestyle choice to deal with the weight crisis. The Royal College of Physicians said classifying obesity as chronic disease would reduce stigma and improve care. But critics sa... more

Skin Cancer: Add safety to fun in the sun

04 January 2019

In a piece for the The Australian, Sean Parnell writes about the potential dangers involved in a day at the beach, highlighting that Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and the benefits of being sunsafe. He mentions Can... more

Research: New cancer breath test picks up the early signs

04 January 2019

British scientists are developing a new breathalyser test designed to pick up early signs of cancer, which enter the breath and become airborne. The technique relies on a pioneering device that can detect chemicals given off by cancerous tumours. A m... more

Research: Gene link to prostate cancer gets $800k funding

04 January 2019

Australian scientists have found a genetic marker that could identify which men are likely to develop deadly metastatic prostate cancer and may pave the way for effective treatments. The federal government is investing almost $800,000 into the Univer... more

Screening and immunisation: Women at risk

04 January 2019

More than 1000 Victorian women may be unaware they have breast cancer because they have not had regular screenings, according to new data released by BreastScreen Victoria today. As part of a renewed push for breast screening, it has emerged that as ... more

Tobacco issues: Help on offer to quit cigs

03 January 2019

Tasmanians whose new year’s resolution is to quit smoking are being encouraged to turn the desire into action and to access support to help them do it. Cancer Council Tasmania chief executive Penny Egan said smokers should prepare themselves to quit.... more

Skin cancer: Sunburn sensor you can wear as nail art

03 January 2019

Scientists at America’s Northwestern University’s Centre for BioIntegrated Electronics in Illinois have developed a new technology that allows your phone to tell you exactly how much sunlight your body has absorbed today, based on what you’re wearing... more

Research: Processed meat ‘causing’ cancers

03 January 2019

Scientists led by Professor Chris Elliot, a former government scientist, say that processed meat such as bacon and ham is causing 6600 cancer cases a year. They say the meat industry will be dealt a “reputational blow” similar to that of tobacco firm... more

Research: Breakthrough offers melanoma hope

03 January 2019

Australian scientists have discovered that tissue-resident memory T cells have the power to put melanoma tumours ‘‘to sleep’’, potentially paving the way for new treatments. It has previously been known that these immune cells help fight cancer, but ... more

Tobacco issues: Smokers denied a path to quit – vaping

21 December 2018

In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald, Colin Mendelsohn writes about plateauing smoking rates in Australia and calls upon government to reconsider its restrictive approach to vaping – which is essentially illegal with nicotine without a d... more

Tobacco issues: E-smoking under fire

21 December 2018

Australian authorities are on alert over e-cigarette use amid revelations it has increased to large proportions among American youth. The US Surgeon-General has taken the rare step of issuing a public advisory, warning that e-cigarettes put young peo... more

Research: Boost for cancer research

21 December 2018

Efforts to adapt groundbreaking treatments to combat incurable brain cancers in children have been given a boost through renewed commitment to Melbourne research. Promising studies led by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have b... more

Public health: Going on a summer holiday no excuse for poor health choices

21 December 2018

In an opinion piece for the Hobart Mercury, Penny Egan encourages people to make good health choices over the summer holiday and focuses on the fact that one third of cancers can be prevented. She gives a reminder about the importance of participatin... more

Screening and immunisation: Cancer risk up despite ‘false’ read

20 December 2018

Women who get a “false positive” at a breast screening are twice as likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer later in life, researchers have found. In one in five cases of women aged 50-70 who had mammograms flagged potential problems, but a biopsy ... more

Treatment: ‘Miraculous’ cancer drug wins approval for use in Australia

19 December 2018

A revolutionary cancer therapy that supercharges a patient’s immune cells to hunt and destroy cancer cells has been approved for use in Australia, ushering in a new era in medicine. Desperate patients with aggressive blood cancers who have not respon... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Politicians sitting on their hands in junk food fight

18 December 2018

In a piece for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, Dana McCauley examines Australia’s snowballing obesity crisis and claims that, despite health experts offering solutions, politicians have failed to act, “leaving us in the grip of a silent epidem... more

Skin cancer: Corrosive truth about skin cancer salve

17 December 2018

Researchers from the Southern Cross University have for the first time analysed the composition of the tar-like substance black salve, and discovered what it contains is far from ‘‘natural’’ and in many cases dangerous. Spruiked as a natural skin can... more

Research: Weighing the phone, tumour risk

17 December 2018

A new analysis of 16,800 brain cancer cases in Australia stretching back to the early 1980s definitively shows that mobile phones do not cause cancer. The study, led by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and publi... more

Research: New hope for prostate cancer

17 December 2018

Scientists at King’s College in London have come up with a radical new treatment for prostate cancer in which injections into the tumour boost the immune system to kill malignant cells. While so-called immunotherapies have become available over the p... more

Research: ALL Breakthrough

17 December 2018

A major breakthrough by researchers at the Children’s Cancer Institute in Sydney has opened up the possibility for new and better treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common childhood cancer. Each year, around 150 Australian c... more

Occupational and environmental: Asbestos scare in baby powder

17 December 2018

A global consumer goods firm has been accused of covering up the fact its talc products contained deadly asbestos. Johnson & Johnson knew since at least 1971 that products including its baby powder contained traces of asbestos, which can cause ca... more

Tobacco issues: Advocates call for renewed tobacco crackdown

14 December 2018

As the Berejiklian government and the Labor opposition enter election campaign mode, Cancer Council NSW has released a list of policy priorities it says must be adopted to accelerate the decline in smoking. Cancer Council NSW want the NSW government ... more

Research: Unis to attack research cuts

14 December 2018

Australia’s research funding is expected to drop to its lowest levels in 40 years, the university sector is today warning ahead of the Government’s Budget update next week. Universities Australia will today launch a campaign prominently featuring Que... more

Research: Seeing the light on chronic pain in the gut

14 December 2018

Solutions for chronic pain and bowel cancer, and improved drug delivery and childhood vaccinations, are the goals of newly funded Flinders University research. Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council awarded more than $5.9 million in... more

Screening and immunisation: Mentally ill miss out on cancer screenings

13 December 2018

Analysis of Medicare data by Queensland researchers shows people with severe mental illness are far less likely to be screened for potentially fatal but treatable cancers, such as cervical and prostate cancer, than the general population. The researc... more

Treatment: NT’s PET scanner working

13 December 2018

The Northern Territory’s PET scanner is up and running, allowing cancer patients to access better diagnostic care. Twelve patients are set to receive scans at the Royal Darwin Hospital within the first two weeks. However, the cyclotron, which creates... more

Tobacco issues: Smoking in WA falls

13 December 2018

New data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows WA is the only state to record a drop in smoking rates in the past three years. The data shows the proportion of daily smokers in WA fell from 14.3 per cent in 2014-15 to 11.8 per cent in 2017-18.... more

Treatment: Government unveils $1.25b spend-up on healthcare

12 December 2018

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will unveil a $1.25 billion offer to fund cancer treatment, drug and alcohol clinics, chronic disease programs and other services in a dramatic policy move to fend off Labor accusations of cuts to hospitals and healthcar... more

Research: $500M Lifeline

12 December 2018

A Melbourne-led medical trial will examine whether cholesterol busting wonder drugs can also combat conditions such as dementia. The groundbreaking study of statins, backed by federal government funding as part of a $526 million boost for medical res... more

Research: Older mums face higher risk of breast cancer

12 December 2018

A new study by the Institute of Cancer Research in London and the University of North Carolina has found that women who delay having children until their 30s have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. If they have a baby for the last time betwee... more

Occupation and environment: Firies ‘in the dark’ on toxin fallout

12 December 2018

A firefighter who returned a high blood sample for potentially deadly toxins says he and his colleagues are “confused and in the dark” about what it means for them and their long-term health. The Advertiser on the condition of anonymity, said after n... more

Nutrition and physical activity: A problem worth fighting for – which is why the government has to pitch in too

12 December 2018

In an opinion piece for the Canberra Times, Jane Martin writes that Australia needs to redress its approach to dealing with the obesity epidemic, which “for too long” has been pushed aside as an insurmountable issue, or reduced to a problem of indivi... more

Treatment: Doctors perform unnecessary C-sections: report

11 December 2018

The Third Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation has found wide disparities in the provision of treatments such as antibiotics in children, colonoscopy and gastroscopy across the country and also places the spotlight on caesarean section births. Th... more

Research: Beating back cancer

11 December 2018

Overall cancer survival in Victoria is at a record high, and health experts are crediting public awareness campaigns and better diagnosis and treatment combinations. The Cancer Council Victoria annual snapshot shows the total five-year survival is up... more

Research: Aussies living long despite cancer, booze rates

11 December 2018

Australians live a long life and are more likely than most to consider themselves healthy, according to an analysis of 36 countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Yet Australia has the second highest incidence of cancer... more

Supportive care: One in four breast cancers ‘preventable’

10 December 2018

One in four breast cancers are potentially preventable, an exhaustive evidence review of 68 breast cancer risk factors shows. Evidence is mounting that smoking may increase the risk of breast cancer, and the case for recommending a diet rich in veget... more

Screening and immunisation: Screening and smarts beating cancer deaths

10 December 2018

New data from SA Health shows death rates from cancer in South Australia are falling as cancer screening programs, new therapies and health campaigns such as to stop smoking, to exercise, be SunSmart, eat well and drink alcohol in moderation, have an... more

Research: New hope to help stop tumour spread

10 December 2018

Researchers from Monash University have discovered the structure of a new immune breaker, CD96, which is exploited by cancer to spread into healthy tissues. Lead researcher Dr Rich Berry said knowing how it binds to tumours could be crucial in develo... more

Research: Cancer link to surgery

10 December 2018

Fears that anaesthetic gases used during cancer surgery may be causing the cancers to return has prompted the Federal Government to back a Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre-led research project into their dangers. With more than 300,000 cancer operations... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: More than tax needed to stem obesity epidemic

10 December 2018

In an opinion piece for the West Australian, Ashley Reid and Jonathan Carapetis write that individual choice can no longer be blamed for obesity, after the Federal Senate select committee last week presented its Senate Inquiry Report into the Obesity... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Climbing stairs quickly a matter of life or death

10 December 2018

A study conducted at University Hospital A Coruna in Spain has found that people who can’t climb four flights of stairs quickly are at greater risk of an early death. The research was based on a study of 12,615 people who were tested on their ability... more

Skin cancer: Save our skins

07 December 2018

In a piece in the Adelaide Advertiser, Tory Shephard writes that health warnings about sun exposure, including ‘There’s nothing healthy about a tan’ and ‘Slip, slop, slap, seek and slide’, are not sinking in for Australians. The piece focuses on the ... more

Skin cancer: Burning issue fails to sink in

07 December 2018

Despite Australians spending about half the warmer months outside being exposed to UV rays, the latest Nivea Sun Survey shows that one in five NSW residents do not bother applying any sunscreen. Australians are putting themselves at risk by spending ... more

Research: Drug mix to kill breast cancer cells

07 December 2018

A trial at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has successfully combined a drug that has shown promise in treating chronic leukaemia with standard breast cancer therapy. It is the first time the Melbourne-designed drug vene... more

Obesity, nutrition and physical activity: Sugar tax plan to fight obesity

06 December 2018

The federal government must impose a tax on sugary drinks, mandate Health Star Ratings and ban junk food ads on TV until 9pm if it wants to drive down Australia’s obesity rates, a Senate Committee has concluded. The Select Committee into the Obesity ... more

Research: Aussies in cancer DNA breakthrough

05 December 2018

Researchers from the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have developed a test that can detect cancer in any tissue type, including blood. The scientists designed the simple, quick and inexpensive tes... more

Research: Chemicals in cosmetics can lead to early puberty

05 December 2018

A study by the University of California tracked almost 200 girls from birth to adolescence, and found that chemicals in perfume and body lotion may make girls go through puberty early. Diethyl phthalate, a plastic used in perfumes and cosmetics and b... more

Treatment: Best and worst hospital-run cancer care rated by patients

05 December 2018

A survey of 11,300 patients who attended one of NSW’s 50 outpatient cancer clinics has found they were least impressed with Concord, Nepean, Royal North Shore and St George hospitals in relation to care and treatment. One of the key findings was that... more

Research: Giant tortoise genes may be key to long life

04 December 2018

Genes of the giant tortoise could unlock secrets to a longer life and beat cancer, new research has revealed. An international team of researchers, including Australians, set out to sequence the genome of Lonesome George, the last member of the Galap... more

Obesity, Nutrition, Physical Activity: Soft drink tax, ad ban set to fail

04 December 2018

A new tax on soft drinks and a prime-time ban on fast-food TV commercials are set to be rejected by the major parties ahead of the next election. An inquiry into Australia’s obesity epidemic, set to be released today, will recommend a range of measur... more

Skin Cancer: Protect yourself

03 December 2018

Protect yourself from the sun every time you step outside this summer — even if it is only for a few minutes. That’s the message behind a new Cancer Council WA campaign launching today that implores West Australians not to let their skin be damaged b... more

Skin Cancer: Frying game

03 December 2018

A decision to make tens of thousands of shaded seats for next week’s historic first Test at Optus Stadium unavailable for sale has been slammed as “inexcusable” by Cancer Council WA. Cricket Australia (CA) said in conjunction with VenuesLive, the com... more

Skin Cancer: Battle of the playgrounds

03 December 2018

Three-quarters of Perth playgrounds do not have cancer-preventing shade structures installed, with many councils instead relying on a smattering of trees to provide protection — or nothing at all. Of the 24 metropolitan councils that responded to a s... more

Occupational and Environmental: Asbestos warning for renos

03 December 2018

Reality do-it-yourself renovation TV shows have been urged to issue warnings to home handymen over the dangers of asbestos. Authorities fear the rise in the popularity of home renovation programs could be a factor in driving an increase in renovation... more

Research: Registry big boost for cancer care

30 November 2018

A world-first prostate cancer outcomes registry – funded by Movember – is improving patient outcomes by letting doctors know how their patients’ surgery and treatment compare to their peers. The registry has been so successful that other cancer group... more

Skin cancer: Skin cancer drug subsidy

30 November 2018

Immunotherapy drugs Opdivo and Yervoy will be subsidized on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Listing Scheme for patients with melanomas that have spread and cannot be removed by surgery. About 800 patients per year already receive Yervoy on its own to com... more

Skin cancer: Creative imaging to save our skin

29 November 2018

Queensland will be the centre of the world’s first network of “spectacular” 3D imaging machines that will advance the early detection of melanoma by creating a patient’s full-body avatar. It was announced today that a $10 million grant from the Austr... more

Screening and immunisation: Pharmacist jailed over vaccine supply

29 November 2018

A Sydney pharmacist has been sentenced to eight months in prison with six months non-parole after she illegally supplied more than 2000 cancer vaccine for overseas export. The magistrate who jailed Katherine Gong didn’t accept her intentions were hon... more

Research: Hope for patients against all odds

28 November 2018

A world-first immunotherapy trial led by gene therapy expert and clinical haematologist Professor John Rasko at the University of Sydney is reprogramming immune cells to find and destroy deadly tumours in patients with mesothelioma and advanced pancr... more

Public health: 500,000 lives saved

28 November 2018

The Public Health Association will today release the first tally of the outcomes of the top 10 public health programs, as they warn spending on these successes has dropped from over 2 per cent to just 1.6 per cent of the health budget. More than half... more

Tobacco: Lighter vaping regulations ‘could save lives’

26 November 2018

Research compiled by public health scientist Professor Bruce Armstrong and anti-tobacco advocate Stephen Woodward has indicated that relaxing regulations around vaping in Australia could save nearly 20,000 lives nationwide. The pair have published ca... more

Tobacco: Clouding the truth in vaping crackdown

26 November 2018

In an opinion piece Peter Goers writes that vaping should be encouraged over smoking, particularly as an successful way to quit smoking. The piece focuses on the taxes on cigarettes and the South Australian vaping industry. Peter Goers is a presenter... more

Skin Cancer: A spot of bother over those ’80s days in the sun

26 November 2018

In an opinion piece Lainie Anderson writes about tanning as a child and the consequences this could have later in life. The piece focuses on new research from Cancer Council’s National Sun Protection Survey and the need for Australians to be skin awa... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Footy junk ads take over telecast 

22 November 2018

Junk time in the AFL has taken on a whole new meaning after an analysis of the AFL Grand Final telecast found unhealthy food and drink advertising was visible for more than a quarter of the match. Health groups are calling on the league to junk the p... more

Research: New ovarian cancer test

20 November 2018

A blood test for the early detection of ovarian cancer could be available within two years. Adelaide University and Griffith University researchers have studied the interaction between a toxin produced by a type of E. coli and an abnormal sugar found... more

Skin Cancer: Teens ignore tanning warning

19 November 2018

Many teenagers are more concerned about the social pressures to get a dangerous tan than they are about the risk of skin cancer, new research suggests. Almost two out of three teenagers believe their friends think a tan is a good thing, driving many ... more

Skin Cancer: Australian sunscreens best: experts

19 November 2018

Sunscreen experts are pleading with Australian consumers to steer clear of so-called ‘‘sunscreen pills’’ and buy Australian-made products over American ones. In a crackdown on the burgeoning sun protection industry, the US Food and Drug Administratio... more

Research: Hope to kill cancer

19 November 2018

A compound found in green tea may hold the secret to fighting neuroblastoma, a cancer that kills more children under five than any other. Researchers at the Children’s Cancer Institute have found an antioxidant called catechin has the ability to kill... more

Occupational and Environmental: Mesothelioma down but city still vulnerable

19 November 2018

The number of new mesothelioma cases in the ACT dropped during 2017, but the rate of the disease in Canberra is still at one of the highest levels since national reporting began seven years ago. Nine new cases of mesothelioma were diagnosed in the AC... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Hold the Sugar

19 November 2018

Health experts have identified sugary drinks as the key item Victorians need to cut from their diet to boost their health. Soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks — and even tipples carrying the “health halo” such as store-bought smoothies, vitamin ... more

Treatment: Healthcare group invests $50m in cancer centre

16 November 2018

Hollywood Private Hospital will spend $50 million on what it claims will be the State’s first private one-stop cancer centre. In recognition of the growing number of cancer cases in WA, the Ramsay Health Care-operated hospital will build a comprehens... more

Support: Cancer patients still pay for chemo

16 November 2018

ACT cancer patients are still required to fund a co-payment for some chemotherapy treatments despite the government earlier this year vowing to fund all drug payments. The government announced it was removing chemotherapy co-payment – which saw some ... more

Research: Light a bright spot for cancer treatment

16 November 2018

Next year, researchers from the Royal Women’s Hospital hope to use the light from The Australian Sychrotron in Melbourne to treat a tumour in someone’s pet dog, as part of a test for “microbeam radiation therapy”. The Australian Sychrotron is a footb... more

Occupational and Environmental: State lags in help for asbestos victims

16 November 2018

People suffering from life-threatening asbestos diseases in Western Australia are unable to claim a form of compensation offered in all other states as their disease progresses, despite the state having the highest rates of the asbestos-caused cancer... more

Support: Voluntary code to ease gap fees

15 November 2018

Australia’s leading cancer groups want doctors and health care providers to be more upfront with patients about likely costs that can routinely exceed $5000. Announced today at the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia’s annual scientific meeting, C... more

Research: From a death sentence to tailored care in new trial

15 November 2018

A breakthrough new trial is heightening the chances of survival and effective treatment for people with the rarest cancer types by matching patients with effective treatments already being used to treat common cancers. The pilot phase of the Nominato... more

Health Services: Cancer costs up most for RPH

15 November 2018

A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows the average cost of treating patients at Royal Perth Hospital rose by 10 per cent in three years — the biggest increase of all Australian major public hospitals. Comparison of avera... more

Skin cancer: Choose to put skin cancer in the shade

15 November 2018

In an opinion piece Penny Egan writes, ahead of National Skin Cancer Action Week, that every year in Australia, skin cancers account for about 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers with two in in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by a... more

Treatment: Human mistakes focus of overhaul

15 November 2018

Chemotherapy dosing across the state will be prescribed electronically in a bid to avoid human error following a bungle that led to 10 patients receiving half the amount they should have. The computer system is intended to reduce the chance of human ... more

Research: Post-menopause gel boost is ruled out as a cancer risk

14 November 2018

New research has found no evidence that testosterone gel, used to treat women with low sex drive after menopause, increases breast cancer risks. The hormone which controls sex drive and in men characteristics such as facial hair, has increasingly bee... more

Research: It’s cancer screening

14 November 2018

Too much time spent in front of a screen raises the risk of a dozen cancers, according to a report by the World Cancer Research Fund. The report, which reviewed 80 studies involving more that 200,000 people worldwide, ranked smart-phones and tablets ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Health: Fat chance to get cancer

14 November 2018

Obese people are more likely to get cancer because fat clogs the immune system, according to scientists at Bringham Women’s Hospital in the US. The study found that too much fat in the body damaged the “natural killer” cells needed to destroy tumours... more

Occupational and Environmental: Push for asbestos removal payment

13 November 2018

WA researchers want governments to pay do-it-yourself renovators to safely remove asbestos from their homes as figures reveal hundreds of new mesothelioma cases. A new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report to be released today shows there... more

Treatment: Cancer treatment boost for Solomons

12 November 2018

A four-person team from the Canberra Hospital has recently returned from setting up the Solomon Island’s first oncology unit, bringing a new range of treatment options to the Pacific Island nation. The project began in 2016 when Professor Desmond Yip... more

Research: Sloppy Sloppers

12 November 2018

Research commissioned by Nivea Sun has found that Western Australians are among the most negligent in the country when it comes to applying sunscreen. While 92 per cent of Western Australians always wear sunscreen when going to the beach, nearly thre... more

Research: Donate with an empty wallet

12 November 2018

A report released by ImpactPay says Australians remain generous with their donations, despite the decline in people carrying loose coins or notes. About 84 per cent of people donate to charity at least once a year and about 75 per cent believe suppor... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Bus ads send mixed messages on health

07 November 2018

Cancer Council NSW has warned that advertisements for ice-cream, chips and soft drinks on state buses and at train stations are undermining the NSW government’s efforts to combat childhood obesity. CCNSW said the government was sending out a ‘contrad... more

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer up among wealthy men

06 November 2018

Skin cancer deaths among men have soared in wealthy nations since 1985, with mortality rates among women rising more slowly or even declining. Researchers told a medical conference in Scotland that the reason for the discrepancy between sexes is uncl... more

Research: Theory on excessive sitting risks goes up in smoke

06 November 2018

Sitting is not the new smoking, an international team of scientists has found. The risk of death from sitting for long periods pales in comparison with the chances of premature death from smoking. The findings, published today in the American Journal... more

Screening: Screening age find

05 November 2018

Millions of women could be spared the ordeal of having smear tests after the age of 55, a major study suggests. At the moment Australian women are invited for regular cervical screening between the ages of 18 and 70. But research indicates that a sen... more

Research: Smoking risks for children

05 November 2018

Children whose mothers are from poorer backgrounds and smoked during pregnancy have an increased risk of obesity and depression, a new study shows. University of Western Australia Emeritus Professor of Medicine Lawrence Beilin said the children of sm... more

Research: Twin attack on prostate cancer could save many

05 November 2018

The lives of thousands of men could be prolonged with a new treatment that uses radiotherapy to mount a “twin attack” on prostate cancer. It simultaneously blasts the prostate with radiation from outside the body while using “tumour-seeking” radioact... more

Research: Prostate victims trade on survival

05 November 2018

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are saying they would trade some of their odds of survival for improvements in side-effects, such as impotence and incontinence. In many cases, prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease with a relatively good surviv... more

Research: Olivia’s push nets cannabis pain trial

05 November 2018

A $1.2 million clinical trial will investigate if medicinal cannabis improves the quality of life of cancer patients who are unlikely to be cured. The trial will be bankrolled by the state government with 100 patients from The Olivia Newton-John Canc... more

Research: Cancer link in rats from mobiles

05 November 2018

The most controlled studies on radiation emitted by mobile phones have found "clear evidence" of a link between high levels of exposure and heart cancer in male rats. While the rat link is real, the researchers say the results cannot be compared dire... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Experts call for cancer warning on food labels

05 November 2018

Food labels should clearly flag which products are most likely to contribute to cancer and other chronic diseases, health experts say. With the now five-year-old Health Star Rating system under review, the Dietitians Association of Australia has dema... more

Research: Trial screens for cancers great and small

31 October 2018

Hundreds of smokers are taking part in a study at Prince Charles Hospital, which researchers hope will lead to the formation of targeted lung cancer screening in Australia. The ongoing trial of 4000 smokers and ex-smokers aged 55-80 across Australia ... more

Treatment: Cancer silent treatment

29 October 2018

Junior doctors are ill-prepared to talk to cancer patients about radiation therapy because they just don’t know enough about it – despite an ever-increasing number of Australians battling the disease. An alarming new study which will be presented to ... more

Treatment: Cancer drug cost to be cut

29 October 2018

One Australian dies from lung cancer every hour, with only 15 percent of patients still alive five years after diagnosis, but the Federal Government will offer them a lifeline by subsidising a miracle drug. From Thursday, at least 850 patients with a... more

Tobacco: Warning goes up in smoke

29 October 2018

Despite years of cigarette health warnings, thousands of Queensland mothers are still putting their babies at risk. Surprisingly,14.2 percent of women in the state smoked during pregnancy, compared with a national average of 12.3 per cent. Analysis o... more

Tobacco: New e-cigarette laws burn growth industry

29 October 2018

The largest e-cigarette industry in Australia will be “decimated” after major parties in South Australia united to pass the tightest regulations in the nation, retailers and public health advocates say. Under amendments to the Tobacco Products Regula... more

Tobacco: ADHD smoke screen

29 October 2018

Fathers-to-be who smoke before conception are putting their children at risk of serious behavioural disorders such as ADHD. US scientists exposed a group of male mice to low-dose nicotine in their drinking water and bred them with female mice that ha... more

Skin Cancer: Secret to a perfect tan

29 October 2018

A study suggests sunbathing every other day – rather than daily – will lead to a darker tan and also cut the risk of cancer-causing skin damage. The reason is because the body’s response to sunshine follows a 48-hour cycle. The Israeli scientists fou... more

Screening: Campaign with a mission: Take tests, celebrate life

29 October 2018

Cancer Council SA is teaming up with Adelaide and Country SA Primary Health Networks to launch the new campaign today to encourage South Australians to get screened for cancer and “get on with living”. It comes as research shows large numbers of peop... more

Research: Cannabis in tumour test

29 October 2018

A Brisbane-based researcher has teamed up with neurosurgeon Charlie Teo to conduct a world-first medicinal cannabis trial in brain cancer patients. Complementary medicine researcher Janet Schloss said the study would investigate whether oral medicina... more

Research: Cancers more deadly for men

29 October 2018

A massive study of more than 400,000 Victorian cases since 1982 has revealed men have much lower survival rates for 11 out of 25 cancers suffered by both sexes, raising calls for governments to take action to address the gap. Across all cancers, male... more

Occupational and Environmental: Fuming fireys in danger

29 October 2018

Only one fire station in the Darwin and Palmerston region has been fitted with extractors to pull diesel engine fumes from engine bays and monitor levels of dangerous substances despite the risk the exhaust is potentially carcinogenic. Darwin fireys ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Sugary-drinks tax backed

29 October 2018

More than half of West Australians support a tax on sugar-laden drinks blamed for rising rates of obesity in adults and children, a poll has found. Results from Cancer Council WA’s LiveLighter survey found that 57 per cent of people supported a sugar... more

Research: Obesity cancer link stronger

26 October 2018

Thousands more obese people are at risk of liver cancer than previously thought, prompting calls to overhaul screening for the killer disease. New research by Monash University and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has found people who are obese and have... more

Research: New method detects more breast cancers

26 October 2018

A new breast imaging technique that uses dye with traditional breast X-rays could detect more cancers, benefiting women with dense breast tissue who risk having their tumours missed. The technique, found by a Royal Perth Hospital study, injects patie... more

Research: Cancer research centre strikes blockbuster deal with Pfizer

26 October 2018

Melbourne-based Cancer Therapeutics Co-operative Research Centre has struck a sizeable research partnership with global Pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer that could eventually be worth as much as $US460 million ($650 million). Cancer Therapeutics Co-opera... more

Research: Researchers keep abreast of cancer breakthroughs

25 October 2018

A Canadian study published in the British Journal of Cancer has found that a drug for osteoporosis may also have a protective effect against breast cancer. Post-menopausal women who used the drug denosumab had a 13 per cent decreased risk of breast c... more

Support: Stigma blocking cancer treatment

25 October 2018

A new report released by Lung Foundation Australia has highlighted the stigma associated with lung cancer, and how this represents a blockade to funding better treatment and early diagnosis. Given the link between smoking and lung cancer, people diag... more

Research: Study IDs pregnancy cancer boon time

25 October 2018

The significant change that women’s bodies undergo at 34 weeks of pregnancy can significantly reduce their risk of breast cancer, according to a new study. While previous research has highlighted how women under the age of 30 can reduce the risk of b... more

Research: Statins ‘can stop tumours returning’

25 October 2018

Breast cancer sufferers who take statins can reduce the chances of a tumour in their other breast by 12 per cent, scientists have claimed. Researchers identified 52,000 women who suffered non-metastatic breast cancer between 1996 and 2012. More than ... more

Research: Partners in health deal with big Texan

25 October 2018

Morrison government will today sign a deal with the largest medical complex in the world, Texas Medical Centre, to encourage collaboration on health breakthroughs. Health Minister Greg Hunt said the memorandum of understanding would enable Australian... more

Research: Extra 10cm of height could raise cancer risk by 10 per cent

25 October 2018

A Californian study published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B has found that tall people are at greater risk of getting cancer, with the danger rising by about 10 per cent for every 10cm above the average height. Researchers said that bein... more

Public Health: Drug-resistance sending medicine to dark ages

24 October 2018

With cases of some drug-resistant infections on the rise, London health officials from Public Health England (PHE) have launched a campaign warning people they could put themselves and their families at risk by unnecessarily taking antibiotic medicat... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: We have the tools to fight obesity, so let’s use them

24 October 2018

In an opinion piece Jane Martin writes that nearly two thirds of adults and more than a quarter of children are classified as overweight or obese in Australia. The piece focuses on the need for a national healthy weight strategy and the need for acti... more

Screening and Immunisation: Calls for breast screen doctors

24 October 2018

Shortages of clinicians able to screen women for breast cancer has triggered an internal SA Health call for “spare” workers – but even the head doctor admits it is probably just a courtesy call. SA Medical Imaging clinical director Dr Marc Agzarian c... more

Research: Pollution’s cancer link

24 October 2018

A study in the Journal of Investigative Medicine has shown the link between tumours in the mouth and exposure to air pollution. When the researchers examined the health records of 482,659 men over 40 in Taiwan, along with data from air quality-monito... more

Research: Trial offers new hope for low prostate metastasis

24 October 2018

Results from the world's largest prostate cancer trial are set to change the way Australian men with an advanced form of the disease are managed. Published on the weekend in the journal The Lancet, the trial involved more than 2000 men who, on being ... more

Research: Energy boosting cancer treatment

23 October 2018

A new approach to radiotherapy for prostate cancer patients whose disease has spread increases survival rates by up to 11 per cent. Patients whose prostate cancer has spread are typically given hormone therapy to reduce or stop the production of test... more

Research: Eat organic to cut risk of cancer

23 October 2018

People who eat a lot of organic food have a reduced risk of cancer, a new study of almost 70,000 people claims. Despite the findings published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, independent academics warn the cancer-prevention ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Sugar’s cancer risk

23 October 2018

A new advertisement campaign, being launched today by Cancer Council Victoria, will deliver the hard-hitting message that our weight sits alongside smoking and sun damage as the top modifiable cancer risk factors. About 3900 Australians are diagnosed... more

Research: Drug a new hope in breast cancer fight

22 October 2018

A new immunotherapy drug has shown promise against breast cancer in a large study that combined it with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of the disease. But the benefit for most women was small, raising questions about whether the treatment i... more

Public Health: Cancer treatment wait times rise

22 October 2018

The waiting time for treatment for cancer in the ACT has risen sharply, according to figures just released in the annual report of ACT Health. It says that 58 per cent of patients with terminal cancer started their radiotherapy within two weeks of th... more

Research: Phones in cancer advance

19 October 2018

Researchers at The Garvan Institute in Sydney have developed a new way to classify cancers by using the computing power of smartphones donated through Vodafone’s Dreamlab project. The citizen science project has identified more than 140 new cancer su... more

Research: Height of wellbeing

17 October 2018

Writing in journal Genetics, researchers at Michigan State University in the US say it may be possible to accurately predict someone’s height and, potentially, their risk of serious illnesses such as cancer solely from their genes. Using an algorithm... more

Treatment: The test that may strip chemo from cancer

17 October 2018

A widespread clinical trial underway in 40 hospitals across Australia offers a new blood test that could help more patients avoid unnecessary chemotherapy. First developed at Johns Hopkins Medicine in the United States, the test can determine if pati... more

Tobacco: The gateway effect

16 October 2018

A study recently published in Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health found vaping may have a “gateway effect” and lead young people to cigarettes. Lead author Dr Michelle Jongenelis said that young people are vulnerable to the marketing ... more

Tobacco: Doctor-led group takes tobacco money

16 October 2018

A charity spearheading efforts to legalise the nicotine vaping in Australia has accepted funding from an overseas group with clear links to tobacco multinationals. Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA), a doctor-led charity, accepted ... more

Treatment: Doctors rebel at industry’s cash-grabbing

15 October 2018

Doctors who are sick of their industry’s own greed are offering heavily discounted surgeries, saving patients as much as $70,000. Most major health funds offer a service called “Known Gap”, where you are charged a gap fee of no more than $500 above t... more

Public Health: The great pillow fight

15 October 2018

Third of West Australians are tossing, turning and snoring their way towards devastating health conditions including heart disease, cancer and obesity. The revelation, contained in the Health Department’s annual report into the health and well-being ... more

Public Health: Overdiagnosis ‘epidemic’ puts patients at risk

15 October 2018

Overdiagnosis is exposing healthy people to tests and treatments that are at best useless, and at worst triggers aggressive procedures with devastating side effects, an alliance of peak doctors colleges, researchers, advocates and public health exper... more

Treatment: One-jab cancer lifeline

12 October 2018

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is today asking the state counterparts at a Council of Australian Governments meeting in Adelaide to allow the CAR-T therapy in public hospitals, in a bid to save more lives. The therapy can kill cancer within three ... more

Alcohol: Booze pregnancy alert label

12 October 2018

Yesterday Australian and New Zealand ministers agreed to a deal that every bottle of alcohol will have to carry a pregnancy warning label. Since late 2011 the alcohol industry has applied pregnancy warnings on a voluntary basis, but now a warning sta... more

Research: High hopes for kids’ cancer trial

11 October 2018

Queensland kids battling deadly brain cancer will be offered world-leading clinical trials at a new dedicated state based children's brain cancer research centre. The Children's Hospital Foundation Queensland will direct $10 million to the Morrison G... more

Screening: Millions miss vital cancer aid

11 October 2018

News Ltd reports that two million women who are at higher risk of breast cancer are being denied crucial information that could help protect them from the disease. Australia is lagging behind the US by failing to inform women about the density of the... more

Public Health: Breastcare breakthroughs

11 October 2018

The West Australian provides an overview of the latest in breast cancer. In good news, researchers are close to developing a breast-cancer risk tool that could be used by GPs to provide a personal risk assessment. Worryingly though, participation rat... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Farmers reject weedkiller cancer claims

11 October 2018

Farm lobby groups say the portrayal of glyphosate as a cancer-causing agent has been blown out of proportion on an ABC TV program. WAFarmers grain council president Duncan Young and Pastoralists and Graziers Association grains committee president Gar... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Backing for chemical use

11 October 2018

Tasmania’s peak farming body is backing Australia's regulatory body allowing the use of herbicide glyphosate, possibly the world's most important agricultural chemical. Glyphosate is the active ingredient used in 80 different agricultural products, i... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Widow in plea for firies

11 October 2018

The widow of a former Canberra firefighter who died of cancer has joined the United Firefighters Union in criticising ACT authorities' response to contamination caused by firefighting chemicals, and calling for a national response to the issue. But o... more

Research: Health risk with early obesity

11 October 2018

Australians who are obese as young adults risk dying up to 10 years earlier than their slimmer counterparts, researchers say. Modelling from The George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney, published in the International Journal o... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugar’s bitter truth will make you sick

11 October 2018

In an opinion piece Dr Jane Fynes-Clinton from the University of the Sunshine Coast writes that sugar is disguised, hidden and renamed on food labels. She argues that a sugar tax is the most obvious place to start. Courier Mail, 10/10/2018, Page 13

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Weed killer fears cop spray

11 October 2018

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has doused claims the world's most popular weedkiller is unsafe, calling for calm after health concerns sprouted. The Daily Telegraph reports that Cancer Council wants an independent review into glyphosate, the ... more

Occupation and Environment: Push for review of weed killer

09 October 2018

Cancer Council Australia wants an independent review into weed killer Roundup, which has been linked to cancer claims in the US. The authority wants a formal review into an active ingredient in the product – chemical glyphosate, according to the ABC.... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Think you can avoid sugar? Fat chance

09 October 2018

Nutrition experts are warning that regular meals including staples like muesli, vegetable soup and lasagne can lead to a daily sugar intake five times the recommended amount. It comes as new research to be released today shows nearly half of all Aust... more

Tobacco: Put bluntly, smoking will kill him and probably cheat him, and his family, of a decade of life

08 October 2018

In an opinion piece Rex Jory writes about the costs associated with being a pack a day smoker and the effects this cost could have over a persons lifetime. The piece focuses on the economic and health burden smoking puts on the Australian economy and... more

Research: Deadly funnel-web spider found to kill melanoma cells

08 October 2018

A peptide from an Australian funnel web spider has been found to kill human melanoma cells. The research, started at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, also found that the funnel-web compound had almost no negative effects on surro... more

Research: Cancer alight

08 October 2018

Aussie scientists have harnessed light in the war against cancer. At Melbourne’s Hudson Institute, researchers recently managed to kill ovarian cancer cells and basal cell skin cancers. The process begins with an injection of photosensitising chlorop... more

Research: Aspirin cuts cancer risk

08 October 2018

Taking a low dose of aspirin every day could slash women’s risk of ovarian cancer by a quarter, a major study has concluded. British scientists who studied 205,000 women found that those who regularly took the painkiller were far less likely to be di... more

Screening and Immunisation: Scan offers cancer hope

05 October 2018

Breast screening is on track to become more accurate and safer, through Melbourne research creating sharper and more detailed images. While current mammography struggles to detect small changes to the breast, especially in dense tissue, the Australia... more

Tobacco: Vaping opens the door to cigarettes for teens

04 October 2018

Teenagers who use e-cigarettes really are more likely to smoke tobacco in the future, scientists have found. A study suggests vaping is a gateway to real cigarettes – and youngsters who smoke and vape may use both products more heavily over time. The... more

Research: Diabetes linked to cancer

04 October 2018

Diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing cancer, researchers warn. Scientists from Manchester and Sweden have published the results of two major studies which show people with type 2 diabetes – particularly women – are at a high risk o... more

Medical and Scientific: Preserving fertility: Reproduction hopes for sick infants

04 October 2018

Babies diagnosed with cancer are having their tiny ovaries removed and frozen so that one day they can have bubs of their own. Fertility preservation treatment in infants is not yet mainstream, but the Herald Sun can reveal doctors have launched an a... more

Occupation and Environment: Asbestos in Chinese rail imports

04 October 2018

Iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group has imported about 3500 Chinese-made rail carriages containing asbestos in one of the largest breaches of a national ban on asbestos imports since it was introduced 15 years ago. The Australian Border Force will ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Diet could cut breast cancer risk

04 October 2018

A diet of fish, vegetables and olive oil could decrease the risk of breast cancer. Macaque monkeys that were fed a Mediterranean diet had healthier breast tissue than those that ate high-fat and highly-processed diets, US scientists have found. After... more

Tobacco: La Trobe a leader in drive for tobacco divestment

03 October 2018

Enemies of tobacco have won some famous victories but in a clear sign the war carries on, an Australian campaign has now taken the fight all the way to the UN, with La Trobe University in the vanguard. The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge was launched at ... more

Screening and immunisation: Cervical cancer set to be eliminated from Australia

03 October 2018

Cervical cancer is set to become a rare disease in Australia within just two years and rendered so uncommon by 2028 it will be deemed eliminated as a public health problem for the first time anywhere in the world. The new forecast has been detailed i... more

Research: What really helps men survive prostate cancer

03 October 2018

It may come as a surprise, but the high rate of survival from prostate cancer in Australia is a mixed blessing. While 95 per cent of diagnosed men will still be alive five years later, a great number will not be surviving well. "The problem is that a... more

Occupation and environment: Stricter scrutiny set for second bid to raze site

03 October 2018

Alcoa has been ordered to release asbestos and dust monitoring results straight after the company demolishes the old Anglesea power station with explosives, amid community fears that the toxic material remains inside. Age, 03/10/2018, page 11

Occupation and environment: New asbestos laboratory gained its newest

03 October 2018

Darwin has gained its newest National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accredited laboratory, after Greencap’s local laboratory achieved accreditation in September. This achievement expands the ability to provide a comprehensive service in i... more

Occupation and environment: Block is fun but there’s a darker side to renovation.

03 October 2018

In an opinion piece Victoria Keys writes that shows like The Block encourage Australians to take on DIY projects that may put themselves at risk of exposure to dangerous materials like asbestos. The piece focuses on the risks associated with asbestos... more

Medical and Scientific: Nobel Winners

02 October 2018

American James Allison and Japan’s Tasuku Honjo have jointly won the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine for their work on cancer therapy. Dr Allison studied a protein to “unleash immune cells to attack cancer tumours”. Professor Honjo also worked on a prot... more

Tobacco: Cigarette crackdown a smokescreen

02 October 2018

In an editorial The Canberra Times reports that recent suggestions to raise the smoking age to 21 in the ACT sits at odds with other ACT policies around drug access and that the discussion is a smokescreen for concerns about ACT Health. They suggest ... more

Medical and scientific: Kidney cancer therapy works but cost is a killer

02 October 2018

Immunotherapy for advanced kidney cancer has shown promising results in trials – and now there are calls for the drugs to be made more affordable. The combination treatment of nivolumab and ipilimumab — better known by their brand names Opdivo and Ye... more

Medical and Scientific: New drug may flush side effect

02 October 2018

Severe hot flushes that cost cancer survivors sleep and can lead some to stop treatment could be tackled by a new drug to go on trial around Australia. Many women with breast cancer are given Tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors to block oestrogen, a ho... more

Medical and Scientific: Onsite drug production cuts chemo patients’ waiting time

01 October 2018

Darwin Private Hospital’s new oncology centre recently became the first in the Territory to manufacture its own chemotherapy drugs on site. Cancer patients can now receive chemotherapy within 20 minutes of seeing their doctors, where previously it wo... more

Medical and Scientific: Drug trial offers new hope to kids

01 October 2018

A new immunotherapy drug called Nivolumab is offering new hope for children with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour (ATRT) – a type of brain cancer. In an Australian first, Children’s Cancer Institute and Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick will partn... more

Tobacco: Smoking ban likely for more public places

01 October 2018

Smoking could soon be banned in more of Canberra’s public spaces, with Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris focused on having some of the toughest laws in the country. The ACT Government will also look at raising the smoking age to 21. The government wi... more

Medical and Scientific: Vaccine to fight cancer

01 October 2018

A trial vaccine is showing promising results in patients with a range of cancers. The method involves extracting immune cells from a patient, altering them in the laboratory so they can ‘‘see’’ a protein common to many cancers called HER2. The resear... more

Tobacco: Smokers set to be stubbed out of CBD

01 October 2018

Mayor Jilly Gibson is pushing for North Sydney to be the first CBD in the Harbour City to ban smoking. “It’d be another first for North Sydney, and it goes hand-in-hand with our revitalisation plans for the city centre,” Ms Gibson said after the prop... more

Medical and scientific: Homing in on cancer treatment

30 September 2018

The number of women with ovarian cancer now eligible for a powerful targeted treatment will dramatically increase, after a discovery by Melbourne researchers of why some women respond to the medication. Just as the discovery of cancer-causing BRCA ge... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Our obesity epidemic

30 September 2018

West Australians are the fattest they have ever been, with just under a third now classified as obese and nearly seven in 10 overweight. For the first time the State is home to more obese people (32.1 per cent) than those with a body mass index (BMI)... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Weighting up the risk

29 September 2018

Rising obesity in women will see breast cancer deaths start to increase for the first time in 30 years, a report shows. Lifestyle factors, including excess weight and drinking, would cause 89,000 cases in the next decade, UK Breast Cancer Now researc... more

Public Health: Putting cancer on the map for all of us to see

29 September 2018

Researchers have joined forces to put cancer on the map, revealing the relative risk in our suburbs, towns and rural areas, with this week’s launch of the Australian Cancer Atlas. It’s there for all to see, on a freely accessible website (atlas.cance... more

Research: Contraceptive pill cuts cancer risk: study

28 September 2018

Women who take the pill have a lower risk of getting ovarian cancer, a study has revealed. The paper, published in The BMJ, found the positive effect of taking a contraceptive pill strengthened with longer periods of use and lasted for several years ... more

Research: Aspirin could hold the secret to curbing the spread of cancer

28 September 2018

New research published in PLOS Medicine has found that taking aspirin significantly increases the chances of survival for thousands of cancer patients, research suggests. Scientists found cancer patients already taking low-dose aspirin were up to 25 ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Alarm as kids pile on kilos

28 September 2018

The rate of childhood obesity is rising faster in Victoria than in any other state, with new figures revealing that almost a third of children are overweight or obese. The data has prompted calls from public health advocates for an urgent state-wide ... more

Research: Women more aware about the prostate

26 September 2018

Most men know more about the symptoms of breast cancer than prostate cancer, a survey has found. Three quarters of men admitted they have limited knowledge of its symptoms, the European Association of Urologists (EAU) reports. Around 31 per cent of m... more

Research: Obesity deaths to overtake smoking

25 September 2018

Obesity will overtake smoking as the leading preventable cause of cancer in women within 25 years. Experts warn that a study predicts one in 10 new female cancer cases will be caused by excess weight by 2035 — only 2000 fewer than cancer cases caused... more

Research: Cancer risks put on map

25 September 2018

A world-leading Queensland research project, four years in the making, has pinpointed cancer hotspots in thousands of neighbourhoods. From today, Australians can find out the trends for 20 of the most common cancers in the areas they live in a digita... more

Research: Booze, weight, smokes: bowel cancer trifecta for men

25 September 2018

Being overweight, drinking too much and having a history of smoking is the perfect trifecta to raise the risk of bowel cancer through the roof for men. A big data study involving 370,000 Australians has shown this potent trifecta will be responsible ... more

Screening: More machines for those most in need

24 September 2018

More than 400,000 sick Australians will have quicker and cheaper access to scans for conditions such as cancer, heart disease and sporting injuries over the next four years with the Morrison Government boosting the number of bulk-billed MRI machines.... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Secret to life is gut instinct

24 September 2018

We need to be eating more potatoes, rice, pasta, peas, cashews and rolled oats — topped off with unripe bananas — if we want to stave off diabetes, cancer and even heart disease. This is the key message from the CSIRO’s new evidence-backed meal plan,... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Lazy lifestyle link to 13 different cancers, including liver and lung

24 September 2018

Laziness could be making Australians more likely to suffer from 13 types of cancer, however more evidence is needed to know which diseases physical activity will save us from. A new Melbourne research project is aiming to sort fact from fiction over ... more

Tobacco: Hunt backdown on e-cigarettes

20 September 2018

Liberal MPs have forced Health Minister Greg Hunt to commission research on the potential health benefits of e-cigarettes, just six months after a parliamentary inquiry opposed their legalisation. It is understood an “over-whelming majority” of Liber... more

Tobacco: Vape it ‘til you make it, MPs say

19 September 2018

LNP backbencher Andrew Laming has urged states to refuse to enforce laws against vaping as an “experiment” to force the Federal Government to legalise liquid nicotine. Mr Laming, who has previously called for vaping to be legalised, said one state or... more

Screening: Tough questions to ask before a colonoscopy

19 September 2018

In her weekly health column Jill Margo writes that according to experts Australia is in need of a cultural change in the way Australians passively submit to having a colonoscopy. The piece focuses of the questions Australians should ask of their doct... more

Research: ‘Lab in a drop’ reveals your risk

19 September 2018

Aussie scientists have developed a test that reveals your risk of such diseases as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, in a breakthrough expected to be available to patients as early as next year. The rapid test would even show patients how a month at ... more

Tobacco: Surely the public health lobby should do everything possible to encourage alternatives to smoking