Cancer in the News

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

18 September 2018

In an opinion piece Caleb Bond writes about the South Australian Health Ministers calls to crack down on smoking laws after the states smoking rate has gone up by 1.6 per cent from last year. The piece focuses on electronic cigarettes as a solution t... more

Public Health: Hard truths must end our faith in easy cures

18 September 2018

In an opinion piece Steven Lewis writes about the issue of healthcare innovations often resulting in debate about whether such innovation really does more good than harm. The piece focuses on how healthy eating and exercise are the keys to preventing... more

Research: Worms have a nose for cancer

17 September 2018

A world-first study has found roundworms can sniff out cancer in patients’ urine with a high degree of accuracy. Queensland University of Technology cancer researcher Derek Richard said Brisbane was chosen for the early-stage study of a Japanese-deve... more

Research: Aspirin study shock

17 September 2018

A daily dose of aspirin could do more harm than good to a healthy adult, a ground-breaking research study has found. A Melbourne-led clinical trial, the biggest of its kind in Australia, found aspirin did not prolong life, ward off disability or prev... more

Screening: Screening detection reduces cancer deaths

14 September 2018

Breast, cervical and bowel cancers detected through national screening programs are less likely to cause death than cancers diagnosed in people who have never been screened. According to a landmark analysis from the Australian Institute of Health and... more

Research: Clarity on DNA test puzzle

14 September 2018

Scientists say they have found a way to help determine whether specific genetic abnormalities are likely to make people sick, a step toward avoiding uncertainty that can surround DNA test results. Researchers used genetic engineering to create tiny v... more

Screening: Crucial cancer test delays

13 September 2018

Cancer patients are having crucial diagnostic testing delayed as a national medical isotope shortage blows out from weeks to months, forcing scientists to battle against time to get the nuclear material from the United States. Hospitals are being for... more

Research: Secondary cancer fears for children

13 September 2018

Australian children diagnosed with cancer and treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy are 50 times more likely to be diagnosed with a secondary therapy-related cancer, Queensland research has revealed. Children’s Health Queensland and Cancer C... more

Research: Ovarian cancer test hope

13 September 2018

A urine test for ovarian cancer that could radically improve survival rates is on the horizon. Scientists at Britain’s University of Hull have discovered a protein present in the tissue of women who have early-stage ovarian cancer when there are no s... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Why weight loss helps protect your prostate

13 September 2018

In her weekly health column Jill Margo writes that the Asia Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference, held in Brisbane in August was told there is proof of principle that a layer of fat around the gut impacts on prostate cancer. Piece focuses on how a larg... more

Public Health: We're living longer, but there's a chronic catch

11 September 2018

In an opinion piece, Lisa Murphy writes that despite Australians living longer, they are doing so with decreased quality of life as chronic diseases increase. The piece focuses on how half of Australians have at least one chronic disease, such as car... more

Screening: Medicare bias against women with breast cancer ‘sexist’

10 September 2018

Medicare is at the centre of a gender war and is being accused of sexism for subsidising MRI scans for men with prostate cancer but not for women with breast cancer. Breast MRI scans needed by thousands of women a year can cost between $450 and $1500... more

Research: Obesity link to breast cancer

10 September 2018

Women aged in their 30s who have big waistlines have a much higher risk of getting breast cancer in later life, a South Australian study has found. The Flinders University research has discovered having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more when aged... more

Research: If you want to help save lives, then go on trial

10 September 2018

In an opinion piece Professor Ian Frazer writes that many medical breakthroughs that have changed and saved lives would not have been possible without people, both sick and healthy, generously volunteering their time to participate in clinical trials... more

Health Services/Support: Medical services crisis in the bush

10 September 2018

Regional and remote communities hundreds of kilometres from medical and mental health services are neglecting their wellbeing as drought tightens its stranglehold, the NSW Country Women’s Association warns. President Annette Turner says the service g... more

Alcohol/Tobacco: Reformed smokers to blow hole in Budget

07 September 2018

Ex-drinkers and ex-smokers risk blowing a hole in the Federal Budget, as healthier lifestyles siphon “sin taxes’’ from Government coffers. Workers will be slugged with higher taxes over the next decade despite the Federal Government’s recent tax cuts... more

Tobacco: Coughing up more for smokes

06 September 2018

Australian’s spending on cigarettes is on the rise for the first time in 13 years as tobacco giants turn to social media to bypass bans. Smokers outlaid $15.95 billion for tobacco in 2017-18, up by $180 million on the prior financial year, according ... more

Research: Movember Cancer War

06 September 2018

Research teams will be used to stop prostate cancer rapidly accelerating under a $12 million push by the Federal Government and Movember to combat the disease. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the new funding to establish the Prostate Canc... more

Research: Computers hunt for cancer

06 September 2018

Adelaide researchers are teaching computers to help doctors find cancer faster. The system uses Artificial Intelligence and is almost twice as fast as existing methods of detecting breast cancer and the results just as accurate. In July, another team... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sitting ourselves to death

06 September 2018

Doctors are warning more than 1.4 billion adults are at risk of deadly disease due to inactivity, with global activity levels virtually unchanged in nearly two decades. A study by the World Health Organisation found a third of women and a quarter of ... more

Research: Sick of being lonely

04 September 2018

Loneliness may cause tumours to grow more rapidly, leading to calls for better social support for patients battling cancer. New Victorian and international research has shown tumours in socially isolated animals grow faster than those surrounded by t... more

Tobacco: Cigarettes go up by more than $3 a pack

03 September 2018

Smokers have been hit with another hefty price hike after the Federal Government jacked up the excise rates on tobacco by 12.5 per cent. Tax on cigarettes increased from 71 cents to 80 cents per stick yesterday, with the average price of a 25-pack ju... more

Research: Cancer tracking breakthrough

03 September 2018

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve, paving the way for more effective treatment. A team has developed a computer-based tool that can pick out patterns in DNA mutation in cancers then use that ... more

Occupation and Environment: Parents’ asbestos anger

03 September 2018

A Canberra school did not reveal concerns about the presence of asbestos in the schoolyard for three days, sparking anger among some parents. An ACT education directorate spokeswoman said garden beds at Harrison School in Gungahlin were tested on Tue... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity, Alcohol/Obesity: WA women lag on health

03 September 2018

West Australian women are the least likely in the country to exercise regularly, according to a new national health study. The survey found only 64.9 per cent of WA women did at least two hours of moderate physical activity every week, compared with ... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity, Obesity: No sweat, Vics tops in the gym

03 September 2018

Victorian men are leading the way when it comes to sweating it out at the gym, compared with their interstate counterparts. Polling of more than 1000 Australian men reveals that 38 per cent of Victorian men visit the gym at least once a week, compare... more

Research: Gene hope on prostate

31 August 2018

A genetic breakthrough could spare thousands of men from needless prostate surgery and radiotherapy. Scientists have discovered a gene that determines whether a prostate tumour is aggressive or relatively harmless, potentially paving the way for a bl... more

Research: Child cancer database a ‘world first’

31 August 2018

A high proportion of childhood cancers are diagnosed before the disease has spread to other parts of the body, giving these children the best chance of survival, a groundbreaking new database shows. But a child’s chance of survival greatly depends on... more

Research: Surgery for ‘silent killer’ like Russian roulette

31 August 2018

People who are diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus – the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach – will most likely die if they don’t undergo surgery. But, at the same time, in about 50 per cent of cases, surgery appears to make the aggress... more

Screening: MRI pledge for Midland

30 August 2018

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten will today promise to save patients in Perth’s eastern suburbs hundreds of dollars on MRI scans. Mr Shorten will commit Labor to delivering a full, Medicare-funded MRI licence at St John of God Midland Hospital if el... more

Research: Surgery delay over ‘missing testicles’ raises cancer risk

30 August 2018

In a common condition called undescended testes that affects about one in 100 baby boys who are born with at least one testicle absent from their scrotum. A new study led by University of Sydney researchers has warned that delaying surgery to fix the... more

Research: Next cancer-treatment breakthrough may be in a glass of milk

29 August 2018

Scientists in the US claim they have found a way to turn the toxic tumour treatment, mainly given as an injection in the arm, into something patients can drink instead. It could mean patients, who often need to attend hospital daily for a week for ch... more

Research: ‘Holy Grail’ for cancer test

28 August 2018

A new blood test may make diagnosing cancer as simple as a pregnancy test, providing the chance to detect dangerous diseases much sooner and while they can be easily treated. The revolutionary blood test being developed by Australian scientists has b... more

Tobacco: Vaping raises heart risks

27 August 2018

Fresh questions about the safety of vaping were raised last night after research showed e-cigarette users are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as non-smokers. The study of nearly 70,000 people linked e-cigarettes to an increased heart attack ... more

Tobacco: Tassie just won’t quit

27 August 2018

The Tasmanian smoking rate has failed to decline since 2010, in contrast to the rest of Australia. Between 2010 and 2016 the amount of people aged 14 and over lighting up daily fell in every state and territory except Tasmania, which remained at 16 p... more

Skin Cancer: Let the sunshine in – or risk D-eficency

27 August 2018

South Australians, especially women, are being urged to check their vitamin D levels following a record-breaking sunshine slump in the lead-up to winter. The state’s chief public health officer, Professor Paddy Phillips, said national research showed... more

Occupation and Environment: Air pollution shortens lives across world

27 August 2018

Reducing air pollution would save more lives than cures for breast and lung cancer combined, scientists say. Sooty particles from diesel cars and factories are killing about seven million people around the world every year, according to World Health ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Healthy steps in the right direction

27 August 2018

Sedentary lifestyles are costing millions of dollars each year as more than half of all Queenslanders don’t know how much physical activity they need to stay healthy, experts have warned. Inactive lifestyles results in more than 20,000 hospitalisatio... more

Alcohol: No amount of alcohol use is safe, new analysis finds

27 August 2018

Drinking alcoholic beverages is linked to about 2.8 million deaths each year, say researchers who concluded there is no safe level of alcohol use. The chemical in beer, wine and hard liquor is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15... more

Tobacco: Funding for vape group revealed

27 August 2018

A Fairfax investigation has found that a doctor-led charity leading the fight to legalise the vaping of nicotine and giving the impression it is free of industry ties had accepted initial funding from e-cigarette businesses. The Australian Tobacco Ha... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Booze link to cancer

24 August 2018

Drinking regularly as a teenage boy triples the risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer decades later, research suggests. Those who have at least seven drinks a week between the ages of 15 and 19 are three times as likely to get the disease in ... more

Occupation and Environment: Asbestos measures rejected

23 August 2018

The Federal Government is refusing to tighten controls over deadly asbestos, claiming it would cost companies too much to test imported goods. Asbestos has been found in children’s crayons, quad bikes and even the Queensland Government’s “Tower of Po... more

Tobacco: Vaping link to cancer risk

22 August 2018

Smoking e-cigarettes damages DNA in the mouth and may increase the risk of cancer, scientists have warned. Supporters of vaping claim it is a way for smokers to quit and it is also a “lesser evil” than conventional cigarettes. But new research sugges... more

Occupation and Environment: Don’t panic, weedkiller has been helping, not hurting, us

22 August 2018

In an opinion piece Jan Davis writes that the fears about the Herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, are not based on science. The piece focuses on the evidence surrounding glyphosate as a cancer risk and the benefits of glyphosate for agri... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: $400 lawsuit puts pesticides future in doubt

20 August 2018

Councils and the Environment Department could be exposed to major lawsuits if workers get sick, in the wake of a landmark US trial involving Australia's most popular weed-killer, a law firm has warned. But a ban would have a "catastrophic impact" on ... more

Research: Find may be a cancer revolution

20 August 2018

A breakthrough discovery by British scientists has paved the way for a pill to make cancer more sensitive to radiotherapy. Researchers based at the Francis Crick Institute in London and Oxford University are developing a drug that blocks the ability ... more

Early Detection: Cancer clue missed out

20 August 2018

Widespread confusion about cancer symptoms is leading to delayed diagnoses and irregular self-examinations. One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer. However, 42 per cent are confused about what to check for when it comes to common cancers suc... more

Tobacco: Push to quit smoking by using e-cigarettes

20 August 2018

E-cigarettes are winning major support from official and political organisations, including the Liberal Party of Western Australia, CSIRO and a British parliamentary committee that yesterday endorsed their use as a quit-smoking aid. The British repor... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Students' fear over asbestos exposure

20 August 2018

Students at a Melbourne TAFE college feared for their health after learning a room they used every day for years contained exposed asbestos. The discovery was made in a furniture spray booth at the Box Hill Institute in mid-July, yet students were no... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Asbestos spill at Brompton

20 August 2018

Torrens Rd at Brompton was closed to busy peak-hour traffic for more than an hour and a half on Friday after a truck lost a load of asbestos.Police patrols and MFS crews were dispatched to the scene after asbestos fell from a truck and sprawled acros... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Wittenoom plaque aid to reflection

20 August 2018

A new plaque has been unveiled in West Perth’s Solidarity Park to the Wittenoom victims of asbestos-related disease. Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia chief operating officer Melita Markey said her organisation had lobbied for decades for such r... more

Tobacco: E-cig bid to cut smoking  

20 August 2018

Vaping rules in the UK should be relaxed to allow the promotion of e-cigarettes to help tobacco smokers quit, British politicians say. That could include prescribing medically licensed e-cigarettes. Herald Sun, 19/08/2018, Page 34; Hobart Mercury, 1... more

Research: How to help if you have R.E.S.P.E.C.T for Aretha

20 August 2018

Claire Harvey writes that Aretha Franklin was fighting pancreatic cancer – which Claire describes as the most frightening cancer. Pancreatic cancer kills about 3000 Australians a year — approximately double the national road toll. Claire compares res... more

Treatment: Breast cancer hope rises as survival rates improve

20 August 2018

Queensland women are almost 23 per cent more likely to be alive five years after a breast cancer diagnosis today than they were in the 1980s, new figures show. Cancer Council Queensland has released the new figures in the lead up to Daffodil Day on F... more

Treatment: Cost cut a ray of hope

20 August 2018

Around 1200 lung cancer patients are expected to be efit when the price of cancer immunotherapy Keytruda is slashed from $150,000 a year to just $39 a month after an expert committee approved a government subsidy. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory... more

Research: Zombie gene helps keep elephants healthy

20 August 2018

Research has uncovered a surprising factor that protects elephants against cancer: a gene that had gone dormant in their mammalian ancestors, but got turned back on as their evolving bodies grew ever bigger. Scientists call it a ‘‘zombie gene’’ – ‘‘a... more

Research: New hope in cancer treatment

20 August 2018

Australian blood cancer patients will have access to a suite of new experimental drug trials - aiming to prevent the devastating and often fatal side effects of a bone-marrow transplant - as part of a $1 million research project. Stem cell transplant... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Asbestos on footy field

20 August 2018

Positive traces of asbestos have been detected at the Collegians football field in Warwick, where hundreds of young children from across the district have played and trained this year. Collegians Junior Rugby League Club was notified on Tuesday of po... more

Public Health/Tobacco/Nutrition and Physical Activity: Body of evidence on drug, alcohol use

17 August 2018

This week's update from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports on the latest stats on drug, tobacco and alcohol use in Australia. The AIHW report, based on national surveys, shows people living in remote and very remote areas are like... more

Treatment: Cancer patients wait 18 months for treatment

17 August 2018

Australian cancer patients are being forced to wait up to 18 months for affordable access to life-saving cancer drugs because the regulatory system has not kept pace with advancement in immuno-oncology treatments. Pharmaceutical giant Bristol Myers S... more

Tobacco: A smoke screen for pubs, bars

16 August 2018

Air quality inside Sydney bars and clubs has been found to be dangerously choked with second-hand smoke at levels more than double the safe amount. Cancer Council NSW has found air quality is alarmingly poor in designated smoking areas of nightspots ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Veg out to beat cancer

16 August 2018

It is well known that eating your greens can help to prevent bowel cancer, but now scientists have zeroed in on exactly why they’re protective. Experts have revealed how a substance found in kale, cabbage and broccoli — called indole-3-carbinol or I3... more

Treatment: Under the robot knife

15 August 2018

A robot surgery academy will be built in the Parkville medical precinct to train Australian and international specialists in the revolutionary new medical tools. With medical robots increasingly taking over some forms of delicate surgery, the world-l... more

Treatment: Protocol aims to close cancer gap

15 August 2018

The Australian-first “Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer” includes a detailed series of printed resources to be distributed throughout the health system aimed at practitioners and patients. It works from... more

Tobacco: Vaping ‘not as safe as we previously thought’

15 August 2018

The perception that e-cigarettes are safe should be treated with caution, scientists have said as new research suggests vapour could harm lung cells. A study, published in the journal Thorax, found vapour may cause inflammation and impair the activit... more

Support: Senate assisted dying debate rages

15 August 2018

A private member’s bill could clear the way for assisted dying to be legalised across Australia as it looks set to gain a majority vote. If passed, the bill, which was introduced by Liberal Democratic Party senator David Leyonhjelm, would allow the A... more

Occupation and Environment: Illness ‘misdiagnosed’

14 August 2018

Deadly asbestos-related illnesses are likely going undiagnosed in the Northern Territory despite the widespread use of the cancer-causing material, the Asbestos Disease Support Society has warned. ADSS QLD/NT chairman Andrew Ramsay said there was off... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: ‘Cancer-causing’ chemical found in bread and cereal

14 August 2018

A key ingredient in a weedkiller linked to cancer has also been found in loaves of bread and cereal such as Corn Flakes. Official research in the UK found traces of glyphosate — the alleged cancer-causing substance in the weedkiller — have been found... more

Support: Funding boost in cancer fight

13 August 2018

Indigenous breast cancer survivors will be approached for their views on initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women with the disease. The Federal Government is giving $430,000 to Breast Cancer Network Australia to continue a program that allow... more

Research: Test spares cancer patients from chemo

13 August 2018

A revolutionary new blood test promises to spare men with prostate cancer from months of gruelling chemotherapy. Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London have used the new test to analyse tumours in greater detail than ever before by ... more

Research: Push for cancer diagnosis overhaul

13 August 2018

Australian researchers are calling for a radical overhaul of cancer diagnoses to reduce harmful overtreatment. Dropping the ‘‘cancer’’ label from low-risk conditions including localised prostate and ‘‘stage 0’’ breast cancers could protect many patie... more

Research: Medical minds secure $11 million bounty

13 August 2018

South Australian medical researchers will receive an $11million funding boost that will safeguard the development of breakthrough treatments for cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The Federal Government today will announce grants for 23 projects acr... more

Research: Arsenic a cancer killer

13 August 2018

Doctors have found one of the deadliest poisons arsenic can also be used as a drug to kill cancer. The discovery was made after studies showed lower breast cancer rates in areas where arsenic was present in drinking water. Now researchers say that wh... more

Occupation and Environment: Cops on trail of asbestos dumper

13 August 2018

Thousands of tonnes of deadly asbestos-contaminated soil are missing, believed to have been illegally dumped at an unknown location. A government agency raised the alarm after it discovered fake waste depot invoices supplied by a contractor hired to ... more

Occupation and Environment: Big payout leads to weedkiller check-up

13 August 2018

A California jury ordered chemical giant Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that its weed killer Roundup might cause cancer. Jurors unanimously found Monsanto, which vowed to appeal, acted with “malice” and ... more

Support: Cancer deal equity bid

13 August 2018

A new cancer alliance is launching this week to get a fairer deal for the many cancer sufferers who are missing out on new, lifesaving drugs because they can’t afford them. The National Oncology Alliance, made up of clinicians, patients and pharmaceu... more

Tobacco: Tax hit targets illegal tobacco

10 August 2018

A Federal crackdown on the tobacco black market is set to save the Commonwealth $3 billion. The government will now tax tobacco when it is imported into the country rather than when it leaves a warehouse for sale. A quarter of the illegal tobacco sol... more

Research: funding for men’s woes

10 August 2018

Sperm dysfunction and prostate cancer are the focus of two men’s health studies that have received $1.3 million in Federal Government grants. Monash University’s Professor Melissa Southey is investigating managing prostate and breast cancer using pre... more

Research: Breath test for cancer

08 August 2018

People with pancreatic cancer could soon be diagnosed earlier with a breathalyser. The disease is often diagnosed at a late stage as it doesn’t tend to cause symptoms early on. But a new study in the British Journal of Surgery suggests people with th... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Obesity blowout

07 August 2018

The expanding waistlines of our children are costing Australian taxpayers $43.2 million a year — not including hospital care, a study says. Researchers at Monash University have for the first time calculated the cost of the obesity epidemic among our... more

Screening: Women may die waiting

06 August 2018

The new $220 million National Cancer Screening Register for cervical cancer is putting lives at risk because it is much slower than the old system at matching test results with women’s medical histories. The NCSR was launched in December 2017, replac... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Longevity is a race, not a stroll

06 August 2018

New, evidence-based Australian research confirms that older adults who exercise regularly have a reduced risk of developing chronic disease compared with those who do not exercise. Those who trained like athletes – exercising well above levels recomm... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Junk food assault on children

06 August 2018

Children are still being bombarded with junk food advertising and the food and beverage sector needs to be subjected to the same strict guidelines in place for the tobacco industry. That is the opinion of leading consumer organisation Choice, which c... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: A jab to avoid obesity? Fat chance

06 August 2018

The prospect of a vaccine to stop you getting fat is drawing closer after scientists found compelling evidence linking obesity to an infectious virus. Adenovirus-36 is found four times more often among the obese than in patients of a healthy weight. ... more

Medical and Scientific: List tracks breast implant risks

06 August 2018

Rare cancer cases linked to breast implants will soon be tracked as health ministers move to get every breast implant recorded on a national register. Health Minister Greg Hunt secured the support of state health ministers at a meeting in Darwin last... more

Skin Cancer: Diagnoses on the spot

03 August 2018

Computers will be pitted against Melbourne skin cancer specialists in a promising sign artificial intelligence will soon be able to more quickly and accurately diagnose melanomas. The world-first Monash University study will see artificial intelligen... more

Research: Our most common causes of death

02 August 2018

National health data released today shows about 40 percent of deaths in Australia in the past five years could be traced to six causes – heart attacks, dementia, lung cancer, strokes, lung disease and diabetes. The top causes of death are largely the... more

Research: ‘Lifesaving’ drug sends cancer cells to sleep

02 August 2018

A new type of drug that puts cancer cells to an eternal “sleep” without the toxic side effects of traditional treatment has been developed by Melbourne researchers. The discovery, the result of a decade of work by several Victorian medical research i... more

Skin Cancer: Numbers don’t add up with high SPF

01 August 2018

Sunscreen that is SPF50 offers only marginally better protection than SPF30+, the Cancer Council Queensland has warned. The misconception that there is almost double the block from the higher sun protection factor is putting Queenslanders at risk. Th... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sticky question of selling junk

01 August 2018

In an opinion piece Jan Davis writes that Australian children are exposed to unhealthy food marketing every day, due to the lack of regulation on junk-food advertising. The piece focuses on the Obesity Policy Coalition proposal to introduce mandatory... more

Research: Research into cancer therapy

31 July 2018

South Australian researchers engineering immune systems to fight cancers, such as brain and ovarian cancer, have received $2.08 million from the Federal Government. The research investigates the use of CAR-T cell therapy to combat solid cancers and e... more

Skin Cancer: Blister in the winter sun

30 July 2018

Emergency room visits for sunburn have doubled in Queensland as experts worry complacency during the winter months could add to the state’s melanoma crisis. More than 350 people suffered sunburn that was so severe they needed medical treatment in 201... more

Research: We need to mine health data: Petre

30 July 2018

Australia is missing a big opportunity by ignoring the potential for Medicare data and machine learning to transform diagnosis and treatment of common diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, melanoma and oesophageal cancer, says venture capitalist... more

Research: New hope for ovarian cancer victims

30 July 2018

A NSW scientist is trying to develop a new blood test that would help detect ovarian cancer early. UNSW School of Women’s and Children’s Health’s Dr Kristina Warton is investigating the test, which would be able to identify ovarian cancer based on DN... more

Research: Grant to study cancer

30 July 2018

Adelaide researchers are looking for new ways to treat a life-threatening form of leukaemia that predominantly affects older people. Thanks to a $480,000 research grant based at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, Cancer Council Early Researche... more

Research: Artificial ovary advance

30 July 2018

An international group of researchers has taken a major step forward in the development of an artificial ovary to grow immature eggs, with the aim of helping women have their own children after cancer treatment. Researchers want to create a scaffold ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Kids will be the victims of sport bans

30 July 2018

In an opinion piece Katie Bice writes that the Obesity Policy Coalition’s calls for an end to junk food sponsorships of junior sports will result in some children being denied access to sport. The piece focuses on the need to encourage all kids to pl... more

Treatment: Drug listing offers hope to cancer patients

27 July 2018

Australians with head and neck cancer will from next week have affordable access to an immunooncology drug, which up until now has cost about $100,000 for the treatment. The drug, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo, will be listed on the Pharmaceutical Be... more

Tobacco: Anti-vaping lobby needs to take a long, deep breath . . .

27 July 2018

In an opinion piece Colin Mendelsohn writes that he believes the Eliminate Cancer Initiative that was established to reduce cancer, will increase cancer rates due to their opposition to e-cigarettes. The piece focuses on the use of e-cigarettes in sm... more

Tobacco: Where there are smokes, there’s ire: sparks fly over proposal to limit cigarette nicotine

27 July 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration appears committed to the idea of introducing a rule to set a maximum nicotine level for cigarettes, a level so low that cigarettes become minimally addictive or even non-addictive. If this plan for nicotine-reduced... more

Treatment: Boost for AI cancer battle role

26 July 2018

Artificial intelligence could be used to better help determine the best treatment for cancer patients in as little as two years. Scientific lead of the Artificial Intelligence and Genomics to Predict Cancer Treatment Project Dr Nic Wadell said AI wou... more

Treatment: Big boost to chemo potency

26 July 2018

Chemotherapy can now be turbo-boosted to fight the most common type of lung cancer, while also preventing damage in the kidneys. Scientists hope to also boost the lifespan of other mainstay anti-cancer drugs, allowing more patients to be treated more... more

Tobacco: Smokers aren’t getting all the help they need to quit

25 July 2018

In an opinion piece Dr Sarah White writes that clinical trials have shown that combining behaviour-change coaching provided by Quitline with nicotine replacement therapy or a stop-smoking drug significantly increases successful quitting. Despite this... more

Treatment: Prostate options should include radiation

25 July 2018

Prostate cancer patients are currently at the centre of a dispute between urological surgeons and radiation oncologists. Most of these men have potentially curable cancer but the dispute is about how they can best get information about the two curati... more

Research: New cancer drug trial gives teenagers hope

25 July 2018

Hundreds of young Australians with rare and aggressive forms of cancer have been given a second chance at remission thanks to a new drug trial. Health Minister Greg Hunt will today announce $3.6 million in funding for the trial, which will give 260 p... more

Immunisation: Outrage over anti-vax film

25 July 2018

The anti-vaccination lobby is under fire for promoting a controversial “documentary” which challenges the science behind the Gardasil vaccine. The film, Sacrificial Virgins, is set to screen at seven locations in Australia next month. Sacrificial Vir... more

Research: Prostate cancer hope

24 July 2018

Melbourne scientists have found a possible treatment for prostate cancer as a result of their breakthrough discovery of how to grow and sustain tumours in the laboratory. A team from Monash University and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has now been ab... more

Research: Big buzz over cancer research

24 July 2018

Kangaroo Island’s Ligurian bees are now proving to be valuable to cancer research. Researchers have discovered the bees’ propolis – a resinous mixture they produce – has certain compounds which could be beneficial for cancer treatments and which are ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Fast food told to junk sport deals

24 July 2018

The end of junk food sponsorship of junior sports is one of several measures being called for by the Obesity Policy Coalition in its new report slamming the industry’s self-regulation process. While national advertising codes introduced in 2011 dicta... more

Tobacco: Cigarettes smuggled inside children’s toys, police claim

23 July 2018

Australian Border Force officials have smashed an alleged Chinese syndicate smuggling tobacco and cigarettes into Australia hidden in children’s toys. A Sydney man, who police allege was using his position as a delivery driver to assist the criminal ... more

Research: Cancer patients warned about therapy choices

23 July 2018

Cancer patients who use complementary therapy such as herbal treatments, traditional Chinese medicine, tai chi, acupuncture, yoga or homoeopathy are more likely to refuse conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy and suffer ... more

Tobacco: Vaping a big risk to newborns

20 July 2018

Pregnant women who resort to e-cigarettes or nicotine patches to avoid smoking may increase the risk of their newborns becoming cot-death victims. Any kind of nicotine exposure during pregnancy, whether from smoking, vaping or skin patches, heightens... more

Tobacco: Quitters' cancer risk halves every decade

20 July 2018

Smokers who quit today will take 40 years to drop down to the same risk of lung cancer as those who never smoked, according to a new Australian study. A smokers’ risk of lung cancer halves with every 10 years since quitting. In addition, the evidence... more

Research: Diabetes found to have significant cancer-causing effects

20 July 2018

Diabetes significantly raises the risk of developing cancer, according to a global review involving 20 million people. The review, led by Australian researchers, firmly establishes the link between both kinds of diabetes and cancer. Published in the ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Eating early cuts cancer

19 July 2018

Eating dinner before 9pm could cut people’s risk of breast and prostate cancer by a fifth. Sitting down to an evening meal at least two hours before going to bed reduces the chances of getting both cancers, a study of more than 4000 people suggests. ... more

Skin cancer: Aussie blood test gets the jump on melanoma

18 July 2018

The world’s first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages has been developed in Western Australia, adding another tool to detecting a cancer that kills 1500 Australians each year. In findings published today in medical journal On... more

Research: Invention could end the need for chemo

18 July 2018

A new molecule designed at Adelaide University could eventually end the need for chemotherapy in treating prostate, breast and lung cancers, researchers say. The molecule targets a protein that plays a major role in the growth of most cancers.   Ad... more

Research: Hi-Tech trials crack the cancer code

18 July 2018

Patients battling the most aggressive and deadly cancers will have the DNA of their cancer cells studied to pinpoint the exact medication they need to beat the disease. The genomic sequencing treatment ensures doctors tailor the treatment to individu... more

Tobacco: Australians’ work smoko is under fire

17 July 2018

Smokers could cost the Australian economy a staggering $388 billion over the course of the Australian population’s working lives. Research released today shows the indirect costs of smoking, including lost time due to smoke breaks, second- hand smoke... more

Research: AI that’s smarter than your doctor

17 July 2018

Researchers tested the machine against a group of radiologists and doctors and it came out on top, with almost 100 percent accuracy. The “deep learning” technology now being used for medical images was developed for applications including driverless ... more

Occupational and Environmental: Councillors calling for probe into local tower

17 July 2018

The causes of a possible “cancer cluster” around a phone tower at Oaklands Park should be the subject of a State Government investigation, Marion councillors say. The council has written to Health Minister Stephen Wade, asking him to look into the he... more

Immunisation: Blind to fact no jab could mean no child

17 July 2018

In an opinion piece Kylie Lang writes that the governments vaccination laws should exclude unvaccinated children from attending school and instead be home-schooled. The piece focuses on the medical guidelines for vaccination and the issues surroundin... more

Health Services: Why I’m opting out of My Health Record

17 July 2018

In an opinion piece Ben Grubb writes that he will be opting out of the Federal Government My Health Record. The piece focuses on the security of the My Health Record and the opt-out option. Ben Grubb is a former Herald technology editor. Age, 17/07/... more

Treatment: New cancer drug listed

16 July 2018

A cancer drug that treats an aggressive form of lymphoma will be subsidised from next month, making it affordable for hundreds of patients. The drug Imbruvica is used to treat mantle cell lymphoma in cases when there is a relapse after chemotherapy. ... more

Treatment: Millions for rare cancer drugs’ subsidies

16 July 2018

Today, Health Minister Greg Hunt, will announce a $250 million package to subsidise four life-changing cancer medicines, in what is believed to be the first consumer instigated drug listing in Australia. The decision will save thousands of patients u... more

Research: Trial saves kids’ lives

16 July 2018

Children with the worst types of brain cancer will receive new life-saving drugs and ground-breaking genetic testing as part of a $5 million boost from the federal government. More than 50 children across Australia with high-risk brain tumours will g... more

Research: Robotic surgery for prostate cancer

16 July 2018

Queensland researchers in a world first, have just published a high-level comparison of traditional open surgery and robotic surgery. Published in the Lancet Oncology, it found that over two years both forms of surgery produced equivalent results for... more

Research: Mass cure for cancer

16 July 2018

Researchers have worked out how much we should reduce our alcohol and tobacco intakes to cut cancer deaths. They found that if alcohol consumption in Australia was slashed by three litres a year per capita, 5000 cancer deaths would be prevented over ... more

Research: Green light for prostate drug

16 July 2018

A new prostate cancer drug that has been found to dramatically extend the lives of men with the disease has been fast-tracked onto the Australian market. Studies found Erlyand delays prostate cancer from spreading by more than three years after surge... more

Medical and Scientific: $6bn payout

16 July 2018

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay more than $6 billion to women who claimed asbestos in the company’s talc products caused them to develop ovarian cancer. It marks the sixth-biggest product-defect verdict in US history. Overnight Thursday... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Give us all the facts

16 July 2018

West Australians will know exactly how many kilojoules they are consuming when they eat their favourite fast foods under a new plan for mandatory nutritional menu labelling. WA is one of the last States not to force fast-food chains to display energy... more

Alcohol: Floor price to curb grog

16 July 2018

A minimum floor price on alcohol would be one of the best ways to curb alcohol-related harm, according to health experts, as pressure ramps up on the State Government to introduce the measure. In a submission to the National Alcohol Strategy, the Pri... more

Health Services: Slug for pregnant women

16 July 2018

Expectant mothers and people suffering from chronic pain will have to fork out hundreds of dollars more in premiums for “gold” private health cover under the new tiered private healthcare reforms. After months of consultations, Health Minister Greg H... more

Public Health: Chronic wound strategy

16 July 2018

This week Wounds Australia is calling on the federal government to adopt its five-pronged strategy to improve the treatment of chronic wounds and reduce the financial costs, which it estimates at about $3 billion a year in hospital and residential ca... more

Research: Blood test a new step in cancer fight

13 July 2018

A new blood test means doctors may be a step closer to finding out which of their patients are likely to develop lung cancer. Scientists from the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in France developed the test and... more

Occupational and Environment: Asbestos experts cash in as demand soars

13 July 2018

The decommissioning of manufacturing plants and coal-fired power stations has sent demand soaring for asbestos removal services. "There's a fair bit going on," says John Flavel, the national asbestos manager for McMahon Services, the country's larges... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Would 16 teaspoons of sugar stop you buying coke?

13 July 2018

Australian shoppers would see a confronting 16 teaspoons of sugar on the label of a 600-millilitre Coca-Cola bottle if the federal government adopted one of the more contentious options in its new sugar-labelling paper. The government has released a ... more

Research: Cancer hope bubbles up

11 July 2018

Microbubbles loaded with drugs could revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Scientists at Oxford University found the technique increased the power of chemotherapy ten-fold and significantly reduced side effects. The research was published in the Lan... more

Support: CanTeen’s plan to lift cancer’s burdens

10 July 2018

Young people can feel isolated when living with a family member who has cancer and are often forgotten by the health system, support group CanTeen says. Dr Pandora Patterson from CanTeen said the paediatric and adult health system was not geared to r... more

Screening: SMS invite for breast screening

10 July 2018

Ten thousand South Australian women will receive personal video invitations on their mobile phones to have their breasts checked. General manager of BreastScreen SA (BSSA), Jane Burden, said the women would receive a personal message from Seven News’... more

Tobacco: No fines for dining smokers

09 July 2018

Two years since smoking was outlawed in outdoor dining areas across the state, local authorities have not issued a single fine for flouting the ban. SA Police last week confirmed they had not issued any fines across the Burnside and Norwood, Payneham... more

Tobacco: Be more graphic      

09 July 2018

Most smokers know their habit is damaging their lungs, hearts and throats, but don’t realise that smoking increases the risk of serious health problems, from type 2 diabetes and leukaemia to infertility and rheumatoid arthritis. New research by Cance... more

Skin Cancer: We help UK fight sunbeds

09 July 2018

Australian anti-sunbed campaigner and melanoma survivor Jay Allen is taking his message to Britain. Melanoma UK has enlisted Mr Allen to share his story in the hope the UK will follow Australia’s lead in banning sunbeds. Sunbeds were banned in Austra... more

Skin Cancer: City living cuts skin cancer rates

09 July 2018

Beach lifestyles and working in the great outdoors increase the risk of skin cancer by up to 31 per cent compared with city living, a University of South Australia study indicates. The first study to systematically document non-melanoma skin cancers ... more

Screening: Cancer risk on screens

09 July 2018

Targeting breast cancer screening at the women most at risk would lead to more deaths every year, a report says. The UK study shows that scrapping screening for low-risk women would cut “over-diagnosis” by 27 per cent but increase deaths by 3 per cen... more

Research: New blast for cancer

09 July 2018

Blasting away prostate cancer with ultrasound is as successful as more gruelling treatment but a lower risk of side-effects, a study suggests. Though survival rates for the most common type of male cancer are high, some patients suffer distressing an... more

Research: Invisible remedies

09 July 2018

Tiny particles invisible to the human eye, and packed with layers of different drugs, are being developed as the next innovative way of delivering drugs and treating cancers in hard-to-reach places. The revolutionary research of nanoparticle layering... more

Research: Hope for liver cancer treatment

09 July 2018

An Australian medical breakthrough offers liver cancer sufferers hope for a more effective treatment for the killer disease in its early stages. Centenary Institute scientists have successfully created a model of primary liver cancer which places med... more

Skin Cancer: Melanoma breakthrough to test blood DNA

06 July 2018

A technique for better detecting melanoma is being developed by a small firm in Melbourne. Geneseq Biosciences has received local and international attention for its non-invasive test and is preparing for a big clinical trial. The test, called Melase... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Hard line urged on soft drink

06 July 2018

Soft drinks would be slugged with a 20 per cent tax and fast-food companies wouldn’t be able to advertise on TV until 9.30pm under recommendations put to the government by some of the country’s leading nutrition experts. The Centre of Research Excell... more

Health Services: Forget tax cuts: the election will be fought over health funding

06 July 2018

In an opinion piece David Crowe writes that local campaigns about local hospitals are shaping up to be vital issues in upcoming by-elections. The piece focuses on the current issues within the Australian health system, including patients having to tr... more

Treatment: New hope at life for sick kids

04 July 2018

Children with a form of deadly brain cancer that typically kills within nine months will no longer have to resort to dangerous and unauthorised medications overseas with a game-changing drug trial set to begin in Sydney. A new international clinical ... more

Treatment: Cell therapy success marks a revolution in cancer treatment

04 July 2018

An “immuno revolution” of cancer therapy is upon us, surging ahead now that the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has recommended approval of a ground-breaking personalised cellular therapy for two common bloo... more

Support: Cancer patients’ chemo co-payment to be axed

04 July 2018

The ACT government has promised to scrap the chemotherapy co-payment for ACT cancer patients who are ‘‘unfairly’’ slugged when receiving public treatment. The government is set to announce it will start paying the co-payment on behalf of patients by ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Grounds for optimism: coffee can extend your life

04 July 2018

New research shows coffee may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of nearly half a million British adults, coffee drinkers had a lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. The apparen... more

Research: Prostate cancer diagnosis raises suicide risk

04 July 2018

Australian researchers have uncovered a disturbing link between prostate cancer and suicide. Two studies published this week have shown the risk of suicide is so significant that doctors need to be mindful of it when making a diagnosis and should fla... more

Support: Most GPs back medical cannabis

04 July 2018

Demonstrating a remarkable level of professional support for medicinal cannabis, most Australian general practitioners say they are either in favour of its use or remain neutral on the subject, according to a survey published today in the BMJ Open on... more

Research: Lab ovary delivers hope

03 July 2018

Women unable to bear children have been given new hope after Danish scientists created an artificial ovary. A synthetic organ, made out of a woman’s own tissue, could be transplanted into a female left infertile due to medical treatment, allowing her... more

Research: Immunity gene find a hope for cancer cure

03 July 2018

Australian researchers have discovered a new gene that could lead to treatments for cancer, arthritis and influenza. The gene, called C6, plays a critical role in regulating the body’s immune response to infection and disease and it could help scient... more

Treatment: “Spot Welding” helps men in prostate cancer fight

02 July 2018

Australian researchers have shown that quick "spot welding" can save some men from two years of the challenging hormone therapy that is standard treatment for advanced prostate cancer. They say each spot takes about an hour to treat and can be done d... more

Occupational and environmental cancer risk: Ainslie shops set to get all clear from Mr Fluffy asbestos

02 July 2018

The Ainslie shops will likely return to normal this weekend after being cleared of Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos, although the building could still be demolished in as soon as five years. Canberra Times, 30 June 2018, Page 3

Tobacco: The science is settled on e-cigarettes, but the puritan prohibitionists persist in denial

02 July 2018

The Australian focuses on e-cigarettes in their “cut and paste” column, summarising a range of quotes and articles from the past few years. The sub-header reads “The crusade against Big Tobacco continues regardless of the cost to those who want to qu... more

Supportive Care: Patients told to work up a sweat to help fight cancer

02 July 2018

Exercise is being prescribed to beat cancer with new research showing patients who work up a sweat are able to endure more treatments and boost their chances of survival. The innovative treatment is being used at a cancer clinic in southwest Sydney w... more

Tobacco: A win, plain and simple

02 July 2018

The World Trade Organisation has ruled that Australia’s plain tobacco packaging laws do not breach international rules. Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia and Cuba brought a case against Australia’s policy, but the WTO ruled plain packaging ... more

Screening: A fate worse than test failure

02 July 2018

Anson Cameron writes about his personal experience receiving a positive bowel cancer screening test. His colonoscopy resulted in the removal of pre-cancerous polyps and he encourages others to do the test. The Saturday Age, 30 July 2018, Page 3 (onl... more

Cancer risk: Big donor link to implants

02 July 2018

The manufacturers of breast implants linked to a rare cancer are paying surgeons more than $140 million in royalties, speaking, research and consultancy fees each year. And there are fears the payments could compromise the advice doctors provide to p... more

Treatment/Screening: Prostate MRI a big boost in treatment

02 July 2018

From Sunday, a new $400 Medicare rebate will be offered for prostate MRI scans, bringing it within grasp of the 20,000 Australian men who are diagnosed each year but cannot afford the option. The rebate means men can have an MRI scan (about $600) fir... more

Tobacco: Warning over e-cigs in the hands of our children

02 July 2018

A new report from the Minderoo Foundation has sounded the alarm bell on e-cigarettes, warning they are being used by Big Tobacco to hook children on smoking and could erode the massive gains in the fight against deadly cigarettes. The report comes am... more

Treatment: Breast cancer drugs cost cut

02 July 2018

More than 3000 breast cancer patients will get access to cheaper medication after the cost of a lifechanging drug was slashed. The federal government has listed ribociclib (brand name Kisqali) on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The drug, in combi... more

Cancer risk: Soy soothes hot flushes

02 July 2018

The Courier Mail reports that an extract from soya beans is being hailed as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for combating hot flushes. They say that for years, women have avoided HRT due to fears about breast and womb cancer. The substi... more

Research: Medical weapon needs infectious new name

02 July 2018

Melbourne scientists have discovered a gene that helps our body fight off infections, which could help develop new ways to tackle autoimmune diseases, influenza and some cancers. But the gene needs a name. It’s currently called C6orf106 or C6, which ... more

Treatment: We deserve the right to save our own lives

02 July 2018

In an editorial piece, Deborah Sims, an Executive within the Institute for Public Affairs recounts her own personal experience accessing life-saving cancer drugs. She is now campaigning for terminally ill patients to have access to the latest drugs, ... more

Tobacco: Tokyo stubs out for Games

29 June 2018

Tokyo’s city government Wednesday passed strict new anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympics, leapfrogging national legislation on lighting up that has been watered down after opposition from pro-smoking MPs. Japan has long been an outlier in th... more

Research: Ovarian cancer hope

29 June 2018

A major pharmaceutical company has announced success in clinical trials for one of its ovarian cancer drugs. Drug giant AstraZeneca said it found its Lynparza drug significantly delays disease progression when tested on those with an inherited gene c... more

Occupation and Environment: Inquiry to scrutinise Blue Mountains asbestos crisis

29 June 2018

The Blue Mountains council will be scrutinised after the state government announced a public inquiry into the council’s alleged mishandling of an asbestos crisis. NSW Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said on Wednesday the independent inquiry... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Ad rules need a toon up

29 June 2018

Cartoon characters are proving way too sweet for Australian children. An Obesity Policy Coalition analysis of foods targeted towards children through the use of cartoon characters reveals massive amounts of sugar, despite guidelines supposed to preve... more

Tobacco: Smokers pay high price to feed a deadly habit

28 June 2018

A decade ago the price of a packet of 30 cigarettes was $13.50, today the same pack will cost you $40.50 – but if health advocates had their way, you would be coughing up even more. Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the price of tobacco has ... more

Treatment: Fast-track hopes for cancer wonder drugs

27 June 2018

Widespread access to cancer wonder drugs could be fast tracked. As a result, the lives of about 10,000 Australians a year could also be extended or saved under a proposal to make breakthrough medicines – the $150,000-a-year Keytruda and Opdivo – more... more

Research: It’s a spot of good news

27 June 2018

A sensor that can diagnose ovarian cancer in minutes using a single spot of blood has been developed by researchers in the UK. The test, which is known as an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy sensor, identifies markers associated with the early ... more

Public Health: Save now and make us sicker in the long run

27 June 2018

In an opinion piece Penny Egan writes that funding in health prevention continues to be low, despite being one of the most cost-effective ways to maintain the health of the population. The piece focuses on the need for the government to invest in pre... more

Alcohol: Study tip: keep count of drinks to consume less alcohol

26 June 2018

Counting drinks helps people cut their alcohol use but adding ice to drinks and having a designated driver can make them drink more, according to a Perth study. Curtin University-led research tracked Australian adult drinkers over four weeks to see w... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Obesity experts reject proposal to cut sugar

26 June 2018

Health experts have overwhelmingly given the soft drink industry’s plan to slash sugar by 20 per cent the thumbs down, with key figures labelling it a ‘‘scam’’, ‘‘window dressing’’ and ‘‘smoke and mirrors’’. The Australian Beverages Council, flanked ... more

Supportive Care: Pot o’ the morning to you all

25 June 2018

Australia’s first medical cannabis clinic is set to open in Melbourne later this year with the blessing of the state and federal governments. Offering treatments for adults and children, CannaLife intends to open a further nine medicinal centres next... more

Research: Unlocking a cancer destroyer

25 June 2018

Australian scientists discovered a new weapon in the fight against cancers. Sydney’s Children’s Medical Research Institute and Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute have found a way to block the uncontrolled growth that occurs with most cancers. Human tria... more

Research: Millions for research

25 June 2018

Research into rare diseases such as brain and ovarian cancer will receive a much needed boost with the Turnbull Government injection millions of dollars into medical research. About $33 million in government funding will be provided to Australia’s be... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Thin girls’ higher risk of cancer

25 June 2018

Women who are underweight as teenagers are more than four times more likely to develop breast cancer before the menopause than those who are obese, a British study has found. Women with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 between the ages of 18... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: First step to lighter Aussies

25 June 2018

About 200,000 people have dropped the kilos — going from overweight into a healthy weight range — as Australia shows signs it is starting to win the battle with the killer bulge. The nation’s proportion of people considered overweight or obese fell f... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Diet slashes cancer risk

25 June 2018

Simply following a healthy “balanced” diet has the capacity to cut the risk of cancer deaths by 65 per cent. The discovery of the diet — which simply uses a variety of fruit and vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy — even alarmed the US authors of ... more

Research: Hearing saved by drug

22 June 2018

Children may no longer be left deaf as a result of lifesaving chemotherapy following a breakthrough that can protect them from the side effect. An international trial involving the University of Melbourne and the Royal Children’s Hospital has discove... more

Research: Snapshot of a HALE and hearty nation

22 June 2018

In his weekly health column Sean Parnell writes about the recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report; Australia’s Health 2018. The piece focuses on the current state of Australia’s health, including life expectancy, smoking and alcohol ... more

Research: Cancer patients suicide risk

21 June 2018

Cancer patients are up to 4½ times more likely than the general population to commit suicide after diagnosis, researchers said. Researchers studied more than four million cancer patients from between 1995 and 2015, and identified more than 2000 who c... more

Alcohol: A drink a day good for you

21 June 2018

For those who like to relax with an occasional glass of wine, it’s good news – drinking in moderation may help you to live longer. Researchers from Queens University in Belfast found that people who have one 175ml glass of wine a day are less likely ... more

Treatment: Melanoma patients face $100k drug bill

21 June 2018

Australians with stage-three melanoma can now access a drug that reduces the risk of the cancer returning but they will be hit with a $100,000 charge unless the federal government subsidises the treatment. Drug company Bristol-Myers Squibb will annou... more

Support: Out-of-pocket costs are bleeding us dry

20 June 2018

In an opinion piece Marg Wenham writes about the ever increasing out of pocket costs for Australians receiving medical care in both the public and private sectors. The piece focuses recent research into out of pocket costs, the ongoing ministerial co... more

Research: Tailored cancer fight down to a T

20 June 2018

A discovery by Monash University’s Biomedical Discovery Institute sheds light on why people lose their ability to fight infections as they age and may pave the way for a promising new form of cancer treatment to one day be tailored to a patient’s age... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Too fat and getting fatter

20 June 2018

Scientists are developing healthier white bread to try to improve people’s wellbeing. White loaves usually contain a type of starch that is digested too quickly, leading to spikes in blood sugar. Researchers at Britain’s Quadram Institute hope to cre... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Too fat and getting fatter

20 June 2018

Australians are now among the world’s worst for obesity, the latest biennial report card on the nation’s health has revealed. More than 70 per cent of Australian men are now considered overweight or obese. Women fare somewhat better with a rate of 56... more

Occupational and Environmental: ACT mesothelioma rate among nation’s highest

20 June 2018

The ACT has among the highest rate of mesothelioma in Australia, a report has revealed. The figures come after an Australian National University report last year proved a link between living in a house with loose-fill ‘‘Mr Fluffy’’ asbestos and devel... more

Support: Gaps in breast cancer care are leaving women behind: report

20 June 2018

A report released on Wednesday from the Breast Cancer Network Australia has revealed gaps in the territory’s treatment for women with breast cancer. The report showed thousands of Australians are missing out on quality care and facing huge out-of-poc... more

Tobacco: ‘Australians believe e-cigs to be a safer alternative’

19 June 2018

Most Australians want electronic cigarettes legalised, according to a survey by the nation’s peak retail body, but government and anti-smoking advocates maintain the devices might pose health risks. Adults surveyed were more convinced they were a les... more

Research: Scientists detect new markers for cancer

19 June 2018

An international study led by Queensland researchers has identified a dozen new genes that influence a person’s risk of developing breast cancer, using a new method they hope will lead to more drugs to treat or prevent disease. The study, led by QIMR... more

Screening: Embrace your health and do the poo test

18 June 2018

In an opinion piece, Penny Egan writes that, more Tasmanians need to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. The piece focuses on the need for Australians to include participating in screening as a part of leading a cancer-smart l... more

Screening: Cancer tests risking a smear campaign

18 June 2018

The word “women” has been cut from a UK pap smear test campaign to avoid excluding transgender men. Cancer Research UK had been urging women aged between 25 and 64 to get screened. But it will now target “everyone with a cervix”. The charity’s move a... more

Research: Vitamin D is cancer fighter

18 June 2018

Taking vitamin D could help ward off bowel cancer, a major international study has found. Researchers, led by Harvard University in the US, have found what they claim is the first strong evidence that vitamin D can protect against the disease. They s... more

Research: Trial puts muscle on prostate weight gain

18 June 2018

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer can be life-saving, but success often comes at the cost of quality of life — and physique. Side effects of treatment, which works by suppressing the production of testosterone, can include rapid weight gain and los... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Cancer link to coffee blurred

18 June 2018

California officials have bucked a recent court ruling and offered reassurance to coffee drinkers that their fix won’t give them cancer. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has proposed a regulation to essentially clear coffee of the... more

Research: Genetic test for prostate

18 June 2018

A genetic test could help doctors identify prostate cancer patients who may benefit from immunotherapy. Scientists found tumours in men with an advanced form of the disease had a distinctive pattern of genetic changes. The biological features of the ... more

Tobacco: Untested, risky and set to hook young smokers

14 June 2018

In an opinion piece Graeme Lynch writes that e-cigarettes are just another product on the market that effectively serves to boost tobacco companies’ business model. The piece focuses on the issues with e-cigarettes including, the lack of clear resear... more

Screening: Men’s health issues key to endoscopies

14 June 2018

Endoscopies to check for ulcers and bowel cancer are the most common reason for men to be admitted to one of WA’s biggest private hospital groups. Data released by St John of God Health Care as part of Men’s Health Week shows that gastroscopies and c... more

Treatment: Hit prostate cancer with double blow

13 June 2018

Men with prostate cancer should be routinely referred to both a surgeon and a radiation oncologist so they are fully informed of all treatment options, the peak body for radiation oncologists says. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radi... more

Screening: Cancer patients on hold

13 June 2018

Soaring wait times for crucial colonoscopy procedures are putting lives at risk in Queensland, as patients are being forced to wait 154 days for life-saving diagnoses. New data from Bowel Cancer Australia shows wait times have increased by two weeks ... more

Research: 30pc of early breast cancer surgeries fail

13 June 2018

Almost 3000 women who have surgery for early breast cancer this year will likely face the trauma of repeat surgery within three months, according to big data used in a new Australian study. Women who have breast conserving surgery that is unsuccessfu... more

Tobacco: Fog of war sets in over vaping

12 June 2018

In an opinion piece Michael Koziol writes that Australia stands alone with regards to legalising e-cigarettes. The piece focuses on the doctors who currently prescribe the use of e-cigarettes for patients wishing to quit smoking, despite this contrav... more

Tobacco: E-cigarettes lesser of two smoking evils

12 June 2018

In an opinion piece Eric Abetz writes that the time for legalising e-cigarettes or vaping has come. The piece focuses on how many smokers would like the opportunity to switch to vaping as a means to quit smoking. Eric Abetz is a Liberal senator and r... more

Tobacco: E-cigs an aid to quit smokes, says Abetz

12 June 2018

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz is calling on the government to legalise e-cigarettes, saying they allow people to satisfy their nicotine craving without the tar, additives and smoke. As it stands, it is illegal to sell, buy or use e-cigarette c... more

Supportive Care: Cancer patients get best end-of-life care

12 June 2018

Dying patients do not get the best palliative care unless they have cancer, a study suggests. Those with progressive and incurable diseases such as dementia, liver failure, Parkinson’s and strokes typically spend about half as much time receiving end... more

Research: New links for prostate risk

12 June 2018

Australian scientists have helped identify 62 new genetic regions linked to prostate cancer and one particular area of DNA linked to early onset prostate cancer. Researchers, including from the University of Adelaide, found that when these links were... more

Research: Key gene secrets revealed

12 June 2018

Australian researchers have uncovered how a key cancer-fighting gene — one that is involved in at least half of all cancers globally — works to stop cancer growth. The gene, called p53, is present in every cell in the body and has the job as the “mas... more

Research: Hunt strikes health research deal in Texas

12 June 2018

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt is doing a deal with the largest medical complex in the world, Texas Medical Centre, to boost clinical trials in Australia and enhance collaboration between Australia’s top researchers and the centre. Mr Hunt, in Hou... more

Research: Doctors prepare for implant cancer rise

12 June 2018

Australia may be facing a tsunami of breast implant associated cancer cases in the next few years due to the explosion in cosmetic surgery rates from 2010. Research shows the cancer takes about 7.5 years to develop and experts warn the surge in cases... more

Research: Bad habits killing men

12 June 2018

Unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking and not eating enough vegetables are catching up with Queensland men, with new data revealing the rates of some preventable cancers are four times higher in men than women. Lung cancer and melanoma rates are... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Doctor’s warning on sugary breakfast

12 June 2018

Generations of us have grown up with the message that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But a Queensland cancer surgeon says that morning bowl of cereal could be helping to kill you. Almost two-thirds of Australians are overweight or o... more

Screening: Aversion to bowel scans costing lives

08 June 2018

Less than half of all cases of bowel cancer are diagnosed at an early stage when it is most treatable, according to national data. Cancer Australia said the figures were disturbing given that 46 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer each day and 11... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugar tax likely at 'some stage', says Coca-Cola Amatil CEO

08 June 2018

Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins admits that a federal sugar tax is likely and is responding with a radical transformation of its business, including switching to smaller portion sizes, reformulating fizzy drinks to use no sugar, or sugar substitu... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sickly sweet truth of flavoured milk

08 June 2018

Flavoured milk drinkers are consuming so much sugar from a single container they might as well be eating an entire bag of lollies, a new analysis has revealed. Having examined the added sugar content of the leading brands available across Australia, ... more

Screening: Regions shun life-saving test

07 June 2018

More than half of eligible Australians are shunning the chance to use a potentially lifesaving cancer test, with those living in remote and regional areas the least likely to use it. However, a study released today, led by researchers at Cancer Counc... more

Research: Gene-targeted cancer treatment yields sixfold survival rate

07 June 2018

Treating cancers based on their genes, rather than where they occur in the body, gives patients a sixfold greater chance of surviving for a decade, a study has found. Data presented at the American Society for Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago sho... more

Skin Cancer: Drug gives cancer hope

06 June 2018

Australian doctors have made a breakthrough in the treatment of patients with advanced skin cancer. Those with this type of cancer have a poor prognosis and currently there are no approved targeted therapies for this disease. Immunotherapy drug Cemip... more

Screening: Free breast scans keep funding

06 June 2018

Older South Australian women will continue to receive free mammograms as part of a new $4.2 million agreement between State and Federal Governments. Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the agreement with the Federal Government meant t... more

Research: Timing key to chemo

06 June 2018

Pancreatic cancer patients could live more than twice as long if given chemotherapy and radiation treatment before surgery, a study shows. For those whose tumours were removed successfully, having chemo and radiotherapy after surgery provided an extr... more

Skin Cancer: Men ignore skin cancer risk

06 June 2018

Many WA men are in “fantasyland” when it comes to understanding their risk of skin cancer, a study suggests. A survey by the Australasian College of Dermatologists reveals that only 24 percent of WA men consider themselves at high risk of skin cancer... more

Health Services: Private patients pushed into public beds: Hunt

05 June 2018

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has accused the Andrews government of jacking up private health premiums around the country following new data showing private patients were taking up nearly one-third of all beds in some Victorian public hospitals. ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Step up for health lift

05 June 2018

Don’t worry about 10,000 steps — a 10-minute brisk walk could be just as effective. Health officials want people to increase the intensity of their walking, rather than just focus on the distance. Just 10 minutes of brisk walking — around 1000 steps ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Milk crate

05 June 2018

In an opinion piece Alexandra Jones writes that the recent Deakin University Inside our Quick Service Restaurants report is a transparent way to give kudos to market leaders and call out those who are dragging the chain in regards to their commitment... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Obesity tops list of state’s chronic health issues

05 June 2018

In an opinion piece Dilip Dhupelia writes that children of obese parents are more than twice as likely to become morbidly overweight. The piece focuses on the AMA Queensland’s is calls for the State Government to fund an obesity awareness campaign th... more

Skin Cancer: Hopes rise for cancer treatment

05 June 2018

A breakthrough drug has saved almost half the terminal patients treated in a trial which has stunned doctors. Patients with an advanced and common form of skin cancer, who currently have no treatment options, may soon be offered a lifeline, after the... more

Supportive Care: Doctors slam huge surgery bill

04 June 2018

A Sydney surgeon charging $18,000 for prostate cancer surgery has name-dropped the Australian Medical Association and a peak specialist body to justify the fee. The sum, bold-typed and highlighted on the paperwork handed to a patient, typifies the da... more

Screening: Test shows cancer risk

04 June 2018

For the first time, Australian women can find out their personal risk of breast cancer. A new online tool developed by oncologist and breast cancer expert Prof Kelly-Anne Phillips aims to slash the 18,000 cases of breast cancer diagnosed each year by... more

Screening: Medical tourism sham

04 June 2018

Taxpayers are footing the bill for foreign tourists to get free mammograms, a The Saturday Telegraph investigation has revealed. Women do not need a GP’s referral nor a Medicare card to access the free Australian BreastScreen program via its mobile v... more

Research: On target to beat cancer

04 June 2018

Cancer treatments that attack tumours based on their individual genetic traits — not their location in the body — far outperform traditional methods, extending survival for twice as many patients. A new UK study said the precision medicine field of t... more

Research: Immuno drug extends lives of cancer sufferers

04 June 2018

Prostate cancer patients with weeks or months to live could survive longer with immunotherapy treatment, a British trial has shown. More than a third of men with an advanced form of the cancer were still alive, and one in 10 had not seen the cancer g... more

Research: Easier way to assess the breast cancer risk

04 June 2018

About 70 per cent of women with early-stage breast cancer and an intermediate risk of cancer recurrence can safely skip chemotherapy after their tumours have been removed, US researchers say. The research, presented at the American Society of Clinica... more

Research: Cancer test ‘holy grail’ of diagnosis

04 June 2018

The “holy grail” of cancer treatment has moved a step closer after a study showed that a simple blood test could spot several forms of the disease at an early stage. Experts were “very optimistic” that the test would transform the chances of patients... more

Research: Antibiotics cancer peril

04 June 2018

Antibiotics may significantly shorten the lives of cancer patients receiving immunotherapy treatment, a UK study has shown. Taking the pills to treat minor infections could affect the length of survival of immunotherapy treatment patients, it was war... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Should the ‘obesity’ industry swallow a tax?

04 June 2018

In an opinion piece, Tony Featherstone writes that the Australian fast-food industry has only itself to blame if governments introduce taxes to force fast-food operators to make menus less harmful and improve food-nutrition labelling. The piece focus... more

Medical and Scientific: Spotlight on indigenous in quest for cure

04 June 2018

Global indigenous populations could become the priority demographic for improvements in cancer control, if the World Health Organisation has its way. Menzies School of Health Research Professor Gail Garvey – who is also a Kamilaroi woman from New Sou... more

Medical and Scientific: Cancer fight gets a win

04 June 2018

Every breast implant used in Australia should now be recorded on a national register to help track cancer cases. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and his Labor counterpart have both agreed to act after it was revealed how there had been an explosion... more

Tobacco: NT Govt ‘fails’ to prevent smoking

01 June 2018

Heart Foundation NT is calling for the Gunner Government to introduce more smoke-free areas across the Territory, and for a ban on smoking in public places. HINT chief executive Simon Dixon also wants buffer zones between smoking and non-smoking area... more

Supportive Care: Furore over cancer funds

01 June 2018

Women will have to buy top health cover if they want to be insured for breast cancer treatment but men will get prostate cover in the cheapest policies under controversial government changes. Cancer groups are staging a revolt against the changes, wh... more

Skin Cancer: Fresh skin cancer trial gives hope

01 June 2018

A Queensland research centre will be the first in the world to trial a new melanoma treatment that could improve the survival rates of patients. The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation at Greenslopes Private Hospital will run the trial of the combi... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Obesity worries fail to hit the sweet spot

01 June 2018

In his weekly health column Sean Parnell writes that at least one-quarter of Australian children and adolescents are overweight or obese, as are almost two-thirds of adults — with obesity rates on the rise. The piece focuses on Australia’s obesity cr... more

Tobacco: Warning on vaping as looming health risk

01 June 2018

E-Cigarettes could spark a major health crisis in decades to come, experts warn. They say there is growing evidence that using e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, damages health and is highly addictive. In one of the most significant interventions to date, th... more

Research: Vaccine bid helps brain cancer fight

31 May 2018

Health experts have been buoyed by a “promising” vaccine that could add years to the lives of people with an aggressive form of brain cancer. The treatment for people with glioblastoma works by using the immune cells of patients to target their tumou... more

Research: Risk for prostate cancer survivors

31 May 2018

Prostate cancer survivors taking androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) are at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases, according to research from the University of South Australia. Researchers analysed the pharmaceutical records of about 3700 prost... more

Screening: AI better at spotting cancers

30 May 2018

A computer was better than human dermatologists at detecting skin cancer in a study that pitted human against machine in the quest for better, faster diagnostics, researchers said yesterday. A team from Germany, the United States and France taught an... more

Treatment: Reset to beat cancer

29 May 2018

Cancer patients would be able to get experimental immunotherapy at a fraction of the current cost under a world-first plan to turn the treatment into an off-the-shelf remedy. CAR T-cell therapy involves removing a patient’s immune cells and re-engine... more

Treatment: High dose hits cancer

29 May 2018

An Australian hospital is using cutting-edge cervical cancer treatment to deliver stronger doses of radiation while minimising damage to surrounding organs. The Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne has started using a V... more

Tobacco: Smoking without guilt

29 May 2018

In a feature, Sian Powell writes that Australians are turning to e-cigarettes to quit smoking despite needing to import nicotine liquid as it is currently illegal. The piece highlights the view of a range of experts and organisations including Cancer... more

Tobacco: Doctors standing firm on e-smokes

29 May 2018

The incoming president of the Australian Medical Association has dashed hopes that he might move to relax the association’s opposition to e-cigarettes. Melbourne GP Tony Bartone has said there would be no change in the AMA’s stance on the issue — “ab... more

Tobacco: Bad dates a cover for drug load

28 May 2018

Authorities have seized thousands of packets of illegally imported tobacco at an Adelaide shipyard which were concealed inside a shipment of dates from Iran in an attempt to avoid import taxes. The Australian Border Force found 1.6 tonnes of tobacco ... more

Skin Cancer: Hundreds of red-faced fools come sundone

28 May 2018

Hundreds of people are turning up at Queensland public hospital emergency departments with severe sunburn every year, despite the increased risk of developing skin cancer in the melanoma capital of the world. Queensland Health data shows the rates ar... more

Screening: Sonic exposed in Irish cancer testing scandal

28 May 2018

A subsidiary of Sonic Healthcare has emerged as one of the laboratories at the centre of a "false negative" scandal for cervical cancer testing that is gripping Ireland. The Austin-based Clinical Pathology Laboratories is the Australian-listed giant'... more

Research: Prostate cancer patients follow-up surveillance ‘flawed’

28 May 2018

Nearly three-quarters of men diagnosed with low risk prostate cancer are not being adequately monitored, a study has found. Research published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that only 26.5 per cent of men who took part in the Victorian stu... more

Research: More than a gut feeling

28 May 2018

Scientists have developed a capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. The capsule was tested in pigs and detected signs of bleeding... more

Research: Breast implant fears

28 May 2018

Cancer cases linked to breast implants have surged, with 72 Australian women now contracting the rare disease and three dying from it. As the cases mount, victims have slammed the companies behind the implants for refusing to pay compensation for the... more

Occupational and Environment: J&J told to pay $34m

28 May 2018

Johnson & Johnson was ordered by a California jury to pay $US25.7 million ($34 million) in damages to a 68-year-old woman who claimed her deadly cancer was caused by asbestos in the company’s baby powder. The jury awarded $US21.7 million in compe... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Would you like water or fruit with your Big Mac?

28 May 2018

Fast food meals should be automatically served with water and salad or fruit unless customers ask otherwise, obesity researchers say. Price cuts for healthy choices are also being urged to inspire a shift from fatty chips and sugary drinks. “All meal... more

Skin Cancer: Best medicine under sun

25 May 2018

New treatment guidelines could halve the rate at which melanoma recurs. But anyone undergoing new therapies will be slugged up to $210,000 a year because the new drugs are not subsidised. The first new treatment guidelines in 10 years will be release... more

Research: New hope in cancer fight

25 May 2018

Scientists have identified the mechanism that allows breast cancer cells to lie dormant in other parts of the body only to re-emerge years later with lethal force. Using human cells and live mice, researchers showed that disabling the mechanism with ... more

Public Health: Cancer ads save lives

25 May 2018

Hundreds of lives have likely been saved by an advertising campaign that resulted in a surge in Victorians using free bowel cancer screening. After driving up bowel screening rates by 12,500 Victorians in just seven weeks, Cancer Council Victoria is ... more

Occupational and Environment: BBQ now a stand out risk

25 May 2018

It’s one of life’s great pleasures for the Aussie male — standing at the barbecue, beer in hand, as you watch the snags or steaks sizzle. But new research claims merely standing near a barbecue can expose your skin to cancer-causing fumes. Oils carri... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Mediterranean’s shun their diet

25 May 2018

The birthplace of the Mediterranean diet now has the fattest children on the continent as southern Europe rejects grilled fish and olive oil in favour of burgers and fries. Countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece have some of Europe’s highest rates... more

Treatment: More patients turn to unproven cures

24 May 2018

Desiccated pig thyroid and homeopathic vaccines. These are some of the unproven and sometimes dangerous remedies that general practitioners say are becoming increasingly common in Australia. They are being adopted, in desperation, by patients with te... more

Research: Breast cancer cells out of hiding

24 May 2018

Scientists have identified the mechanism that lets breast cancer cells lie dormant in other parts of the body before re-emerging years later with lethal force. In experiments with human cells and live mice, researchers showed disabling the mechanism ... more

Research: Germs may protect children from leukaemia, study suggests

23 May 2018

Childhood leukaemia could be prevented by exposing babies to germs, a landmark study suggests. Britain’s leading expert in the most common childhood cancer believes keeping babies in a sterile environment can trigger it in those with a faulty gene. I... more

Research: Sunscreen health fears

23 May 2018

Chemicals widely used in sunscreen have been found in breast tissue — raising concerns about the potential health risk. The chemicals, used as filters to protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light, were found in 95 per cent of participant... more

Research: Study finds extra virgin olive oil averts disease

22 May 2018

There’s a well-known grocery item in the pantry that we’re not using enough, according to the latest research. While the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) have been widely publicised, a new study reveals three tablespoons a day can pre... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Tax on drinks is sweet

22 May 2018

In an opinion piece Jane Martin writes that, a health levy on sugary drinks is just one element of a comprehensive approach needed to improve diets and curb obesity. The piece focuses on countries that have introduced the sugar tax and seen a decreas... more

Research: The good (fish) oil on healthy heart diet

21 May 2018

Eating fish twice a week is the key to warding off heart attacks and strokes. Scientists have found that the benefits of eating oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, outweigh any risk from mercury exposure. Experts suggest that people who... more

Treatment: Fast track to cancer cure

21 May 2018

Women with an aggressive breast cancer can be treated in half the time using existing drugs — slashing the risk of side-effects such as heart damage, a study has found. Herceptin is prescribed to women to treat early-stage breast cancer. But the drug... more

Research: New trial hopes to up cancer cure rate

21 May 2018

Painful and exhausting chemotherapy treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) could be a thing of the past with a trial of a new procedure based on a patient’s own immune system. Rather than rounds of toxic chemotherapy drugs designed to kill... more

Research: Cancer killers found

21 May 2018

Immune cells typically kill cancer cells like a sniper. A direct injection of toxin into this foreign cell ends its life. But Melbourne researchers have found another way the body’s immune system destroys tumour cells — as “bystander killers”, a mech... more

Screening: Screening program key to cutting mortality rate

18 May 2018

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Australia – eclipsing the combined death rates of breast, prostate and pancreas cancers – and there has been little hope on the horizon for this often symptomless and ‘‘silent’’ creeper. Survival im... more

Occupational and Environment: Warning on garden chemical

18 May 2018

A chemical heavily used in gardens and on food crops to kill weeds has been identified as a potential health threat at levels deemed “safe”. Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world but experts from Italy and the US found it had a... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: That takes the cake

18 May 2018

Dietitians are concerned muffins as big as softballs and super-sized cake slices served in cafes are normalising large portion sizes at a time when Australians are struggling to control their weight. A study of sweet treats in cafes and supermarkets ... more

Health Services: Chemo doc abandons bid to shut inquest

18 May 2018

A senior haematologist has withdrawn from an 11th-hour bid to shut down an inquest into the deaths of four under-dosed chemotherapy patients. Darrell Trim QC, acting for senior doctors – including Ian Lewis and Agnes Yong who were stood down from the... more

Treatment: Push for clinical trials

17 May 2018

Patients will be persuaded to try medical trials to access next-generation treatments while bolstering Australia’s biotechnology industry. A new push to open clinical trials of the latest emerging treatments — including lifesaving drugs, such as thos... more

Health Services: Missing tests as pathology scandal grows

17 May 2018

The blood test scandal engulfing SA Health has widened, with delays to urine, tumour and genetic testing. Results are not only days late but going missing, causing problems for patients including those awaiting lifesaving chemotherapy treatment. Offi... more

Treatment: Radium therapy hope for prostate cancer patients

16 May 2018

Across Australia, hundreds of men with advanced prostate cancer are praying that a brief encounter with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tomorrow will deliver the promise of a life-extending therapy. The therapy, which uses radioactive radium 223, was... more

Screening: New cervix screen test confusion

16 May 2018

Some WA women are wrongly believing they have cancer or a risky infection because of confusion over the new cervical cancer screening test, according to experts. WA’s Sexual Health Quarters has been contacted by women who have misinterpreted the resu... more

Research: Australia finds Fountain of Youth

15 May 2018

Australian scientists claim to have discovered an anti-ageing drug capable of tricking cells into thinking they’re younger and protecting us from disease. Queensland University of Technology researchers are developing a wonder drug with the potential... more

Research: $1.9b to go into research

15 May 2018

A $1.9 billion research investment strategy will be unveiled by the Federal Government today. Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the research infrastructure investment plan was a response to recommendations from Australia’s Chief Scient... more

Screening and Immunisation: Smear test bungle apology

14 May 2018

Ireland’s leader has apologised for a scandal over inaccurate cervical cancer screening tests and has pledged an investigation to find out what went wrong. It emerged this month that an audit had found possible errors in the smear tests of 209 women ... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Fat chance of Aussies giving up booze

14 May 2018

Australians are more likely to forgo booze because of its calorie content than because of the risks posed by alcohol-fuelled violence — or even cancer. The Global Drug Survey, released this week, shows that almost a quarter of Australian respondents ... more

Screening and immunisation: Bowel warning

14 May 2018

Thousands of Australians are dying needlessly from cancer each year but could have been saved if they had made the most of a simple and free screening test. Of the four million bowel screening tests sent to the homes of Australians over 50 each year,... more

Screening and immunisation: Blood test for breast cancer

14 May 2018

A simple blood test could replace uncomfortable mammograms in detecting breast cancer after ground-breaking Australian research. The test coupled with new 3D mammograms are being pioneered by two Australian doctors and will change the way to diagnose... more

Treatment: ‘Miracle’ cancer girl critically ill

14 May 2018

They thought their five-year-old had beaten fatal brain cancer — but she is now critically ill and on life support after it returned. Annabelle and her family, like many other desperate Australians, had flown to Mexico for expensive and experimental ... more

Public health: Breast is also best for mum

14 May 2018

It is not only good for the baby, it might save your life by dramatically cutting the risk you will get breast and ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes. A major review of breastfeeding studies has calculated that women who breastfeed for 12 months redu... more

Screening and Immunisation: Anti-vaccine campaign points to fake study

14 May 2018

Anti-vax campaigners have been posting and sharing a new “study” that claims the HPV vaccine could be behind an increase in cervical cancer, but the author is a fake. An article published in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics was written by a Lars ... more

Occupational and Environment: Asbestos fears for city parks

11 May 2018

Brisbane City Council has been accused of neglect after failing to remove asbestos contaminated soil from two popular parks, despite knowing about it for almost a year. State Transport Minister Mark Bailey said he had twice written to Lord Mayor Grah... more

Tobacco: Legalised e-cigarette gives hope to vapers

11 May 2018

New Zealand has effectively legalised e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products, bringing the nation into line with other governments such as Britain and the US and further isolating Australia, where e-cigarettes and vaping remain illegal. The New Ze... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Viking diet health kick

10 May 2018

The World Health Organisation says a Nordic-style diet could help ward off cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Now it is recommending governments encourage people to adopt Scandinavian – or Viking – eating habits. A Nordic diet comprises fish, sea... more

Alcohol: Wine eases cancer risk

10 May 2018

Drinking red wine lowers the risk of men getting prostate cancer, a study claims. Moderate consumption – no more than a glass a day – cuts the chances of getting the disease by 12 per cent, according to an analysis of 17 scientific studies on men and... more

Skin Cancer: Advance in skin cancer treatment

10 May 2018

A study has doubled the number of genetic markers known to influence a person’s ability to tan, providing scientists with potential new targets for treating skin cancer. Queensland researchers were involved in the international study of more than 170... more

Tobacco: Bid to stub out illegal tobacco

09 May 2018

The illicit tobacco industry will come under scrutiny in a bid to claw back $3.6 billion over the next four years. At the heart of the program is a crackdown on the smuggling and domestic production of illegal tobacco, with the Illicit Tobacco Task F... more

Research: New prostate treatment a life-saving game-changer

09 May 2018

An experimental treatment, ignored by big pharma companies, is being trialled at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. LuPSMA is made up of two molecules. Radioactive lutetium-177 is shipped straight from NSW’s 20-megawatt Lucas Heights nuclear ... more

Public Health: A modern approach to care

09 May 2018

A cradle-to-grave health plan outlined in the Budget will let newborns receive rare disease checks and a digital health record from birth while the elderly will get mental health and exercise help. Experts have warned babies born today are at risk of... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Coffee cancer link warning

09 May 2018

A court ruling that gave coffee drinkers a jolt earlier this year was finalised yesterday when a Los Angeles judge said coffee sold in California must carry cancer warnings. Starbucks and other roasters and retailers failed to show that benefits from... more

Research: Cancer robs thousands of years

08 May 2018

Queenslanders who died “before their time” from cancer lost a combined total of 162,215 years off their lives in 2015 alone, shocking new data reveals. The most years lost – 63,260 – were from patients who died prematurely from lung, bowel and breast... more

Occupational and Environment: Weed killer ban may be scrapped as fears ease

08 May 2018

Perth’s biggest council will consider lifting a restriction on the use of the controversial weed killer glyphosate in its natural reserves. But the City of Stirling is also poised to take steps to reduce the overall use of glyphosate, which is the ma... more

Occupational and Environment: No ‘current evidence’ of PFAS cancer – but questions remain

08 May 2018

There is no “current” evidence that exposure to PFAS chemicals is linked to ill health in humans, according to a Federal Government review. But advice from a Federal Government expert health panel doesn’t rule out the possibility that the chemicals c... more

Treatment: Hope for ovarian cancer sufferers

07 May 2018

A breakthrough new treatment for ovarian cancer that aims to stop the disease returning by killing off the cancer’s stem cells is undergoing safety trials in Australia. Ovarian cancer is the deadliest female cancer in Australia; more than 1600 women ... more

Tobacco: Younger people die of smoking

07 May 2018

Smoking is killing people as young as 30, analysis from the Victorian Health Department shows. Smoking killed 24 Victorians in their 30s and 155 in their 40s in 2011, according to the report, which takes a fresh look at data collected in 2011 for the... more

Tobacco: A gasper of a ripoff by Big Tobacco

07 May 2018

Big Tobacco is not only slowly killing its customers, it’s gouging them first by raising cigarette prices way beyond the increases in tax. Analysis shows how these supercharged price increases have bolstered Big Tobacco’s bottom line and countered th... more

Research/Treatment: Firing up the brains trust

07 May 2018

The war against the deadliest childhood cancer has been given extra firepower with the state government pledging $1 million for brain cancer treatments in a push to improve dismal survival rates. Experts say the funding is a “game-changer”, allowing ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: The new tool in the fight against cancer

07 May 2018

Today, a group of leading Australian cancer organisations became the first globally to declare that exercise should be prescribed as a standard part of cancer treatment. Led by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, the new position statement me... more

Tobacco: ‘Chop chop’ to go up in smoke

07 May 2018

A tobacco taskforce will be set up in the Budget tomorrow to crack down on the illicit trade and raise $3.6 billion. The Australian Taxation Office will receive new powers to charge duties and a permit will be required to import tobacco. The taskforc... more

Health Services: Cash injection for GPs

04 May 2018

Family GPs will get more money each visit under a boost to be announced in next week’s Budget, but experts say it won’t be enough to address patients’ out-of-pocket pain. Under the Budget plan, the Medicare rebate for GP visits will rise 55¢ a visit ... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Hangry tots craving sugar hit

03 May 2018

Feeding toddlers can be a minefield but the rising levels of sugars and additives in ready-made snack foods is creating a new generation of very “hangry” tots, nutritionists say. Tantrums and tears can be sparked in kids by something as simple as a b... more

Tobacco: Illegal smokes hit record high

02 May 2018

The nation’s 2.4 million smokers are turning to illegal and even unhealthier cigarettes to avoid crushing increases in tobacco tax, costing the federal government almost $2 billion in lost revenue. Between 2016 and 2017, tobacco consumption fell 6.1 ... more

Research: 5 rules give you 10 years

01 May 2018

The real answer to long life comes down to following just five straightforward lifestyle steps, say experts. And they can add 14 years to the life of a woman aged 50 – and 12 years for a man, US researchers found. Not smoking, regular exercise, a hea... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: ‘Wonder drug’ cuts disease risk

01 May 2018

Exercise is a wonder pill that can slash the risk of heart disease with just a half-hour walk a day, according to experts. But research released by the Heart Foundation WA for Heart Week shows that only 7 per cent of people realise that exercise does... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: We need sugar tax for our children’s sake

01 May 2018

In an opinion piece Peter FitzSimons writes that Australia needs to both reduce consumption sugar and find a way to pay for the soaring health costs associated. The piece focuses on how best practice would be to introduce a sugar tax. Sydney Morning... more

Public Health: $41m for world-first cancer research project at Westmead

30 April 2018

The NSW and federal governments have announced a $41 million boost in funding to expand world-first research at Westmead that is revolutionising the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. The joint investment will support the work of ... more

Public Health: Kids’ cancer buster

30 April 2018

A world-leading $400 million treatment centre will be built in Parkville to save youngsters who have brain cancer. The National Proton Beam Therapy Centre, at the Royal Children’s Hospital, will also aid patients with other inoperable cancers that ca... more

Public Health: Cheaper breast testing

30 April 2018

Hundreds of thousands of women will have cheaper access to lifesaving breast cancer tests that have previously cost hundreds of dollars. The advanced test will be one of a number of new items covered by Medicare to be included in next month’s Federal... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Nation needs a hate-loss plan

30 April 2018

In an opinion piece Jill Poulsen writes that recent research published in the Clinical Obesity journal, found the level of care for seriously overweight patients would not be accepted if it were applied to those with cancer or heart disease. The piec... more

Alcohol: Alcohol industry’s latest dirty tricks campaign

30 April 2018

In an opinion piece Sarah Jackson writes that social media is changing the way the alcohol industry is pushing its products into the minds and mouths of young people. The piece focuses on how social media is, for the most part is an unregulated and u... more

Research: Cancer fears ill conceived

27 April 2018

Many people wrongly believe stress, food additives and electromagnetic fields cause cancer, but have poor awareness of known risk factors such as obesity, eating red or processed meat, or drinking alcohol. British experts said these views had risen o... more

Research: Early cancer detection vital

26 April 2018

More than three-quarters of Australian women with breast cancer are diagnosed in the all-important early stages, but fewer than half of bowel cancer patients are picked up early, a new report shows. For the first time, cancer experts have been able t... more

Treatment: Two-week cancer cure

24 April 2018

Prostate cancer patients could be treated by high-power radiotherapy in just 2½ weeks instead of two months. The treatment would cut the sessions patients needed to seven, one every other day, compared to the 39 needed at present. Researchers say the... more

Screening: Quick hunt for tumours

24 April 2018

Prostate tumours could be diagnosed in just 15 minutes using an ultrasound technique that successfully detects other illnesses. Scientists used a process called shear wave elastography to detect tumours by measuring cell tissue density. The technique... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Overweight patients a weighty issue

24 April 2018

Obese patients are not being treated as well as those with cancer or diabetes in the public hospital system, with some facilities not even providing suitable chairs or treatment tables that can hold their weight, new research reveals. Medical special... more

Skin cancer: Tradies warned to cover up

23 April 2018

Territory tradies are being urged to wear long sleeves, despite the heat, in a bid to cool soaring skin cancer rates. Cancer Council skin cancer prevention manager Liz King said two in three people who grow up in Australia would get skin cancer in th... more

Research: Tumour success

23 April 2018

A discovery by Melbourne scientists could improve the treatment of stomach cancer, a disease that more than 2000 Australians are diagnosed with each year. The findings in mice by the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research suggest a new c... more

Research: Survival in millimetres

23 April 2018

Small differences in the way a patient lies during radiotherapy treatment for lung or oesophageal cancer can have a significant impact on how likely they are to survive, new research shows. Differences of only a few millimetres can mean the radiation... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Nutrition confusion         

23 April 2018

Kids are confused and don’t know or don’t care about healthy eating habits, new WA research reveals, raising concerns that public health campaigns are failing to “cut through” to youth. University of Notre Dame’s School of Health Sciences Associate P... more

Alcohol: Superdry? Low-carb? Beer ain’t always what it seems

23 April 2018

In an opinion piece Patrick Carlyon writes about recent Cancer Council data on the advertising of the nutritional content of beer being misleading is unsurprising. The piece focuses on how the nutritional information and advertising for many foods, i... more

Treatment: Lifeline for cancer sufferers

22 April 2018

Thousands of women have been offered a lifeline, with the Federal Government set to subsidise two medicines that allow breast cancer battlers to live longer and better. Ibrance and Kisqali had cost $5000 a month, but are now in line for a subsidy whi... more

Research: Patch picks up early cancer

20 April 2018

An implant that detects cancer in the body and causes a small mole to appear on the skin as an early warning sign has been developed by scientists. The tiny patch lies under the skin and is made of a network of cells that constantly monitor calcium l... more

Research: Forrest launches cancer database

20 April 2018

Billionaire Andrew Forrest has launched the Universal Cancer Databank, a global data sharing project aimed at breaking the gridlock on the most deadly cancers. Mr Forrest launched the new project in London at the House of Commons with Baroness Tessa ... more

Alcohol: Beer brew-ha-ha

20 April 2018

Drinkers are being duped into believing low-carb beers are healthy and they need protection from questionable marketing, the Cancer Council claims. Despite advertising that boasts it’s better for you, an analysis of so-called low- carbohydrate beers ... more

Treatment: Double attack on kidney tumours

19 April 2018

Victorians with kidney cancer are being given a lifeline through the trial of a new high-dose radiotherapy and immunotherapy combination, which is kick-starting their immune systems to boost the treatment’s effect. The first 17 patients with secondar... more

Skin cancer: Looking for loved ones

19 April 2018

Melanoma buddies are saving lives. New research shows that the deadly skin cancers are more likely to be detected early in married couples, as partners keep a watch on skin spot changes. The findings have sparked a call from the Cancer Council Queens... more

Public Health: Anger at Medicare cancer hit

19 April 2018

A powerful healthcare lobby is launching a national billboard attack on the Prime Minister, accusing him of failing to deliver on a key election promise. The Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (ADIA) campaign will criticise Malcolm Turnbull fo... more

Tobacco: Pregnant mums still smoking

19 April 2018

One in eight mothers have smoked during pregnancy, with shocking new statistics exposing smoking rates of 40 per cent in parts of Queensland. Official data reveals alarming rates of smoking among pregnant women, despite doctors’ warnings of the healt... more

Research: DNA clues to fighting prostate cancer

18 April 2018

Dozens of lines of attack against prostate cancer have been opened by the most comprehensive genetic study of the disease. Scientists have found 80 genetic mutations that could be targeted by drugs and have identified other genes involved in helping ... more

Research: DNA cancer revolution is tale of mice and men

18 April 2018

Ground breaking research will dramatically cut the time and cost to find which DNA mutations cause human bowel cancer, paving the way for swifter personalised treatment. Researchers at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMR... more

Research: Child cancer rates on rise

18 April 2018

More young Australians are being diagnosed with cancer than 25 years ago, however they have a higher chance of surviving their disease. The latest national health snapshot reveals between two and three 15-24 year olds are diagnosed every day. For eve... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Would-be parents’ food for thought

18 April 2018

If you’re planning to have a family, you need to sort out your lifestyle years before you even start trying – or you’ll be putting your future children at risk of serious illness. And sugar, along with grilled, fried and roasted foods have been found... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Sugar off shelf for health

18 April 2018

Australians are reducing sugar from their diets and choosing healthier snacks and drinks, according to new shopping habits research. Grocery sales of overly sweet biscuits, spreads, dips, milk flavourings and yoghurt are shrinking as more low-sugar v... more

Screening: Too busy to save life

17 April 2018

Australians are too busy to participate in the national bowel screening program, even though the three-minute test could save their life. Data released yesterday shows that 40 percent of respondents who received the free bowel cancer screening kit la... more

Screening/Immunisation/Research: Invasive test hailed for life-saving results

17 April 2018

The new five-yearly cervical screening test is expected to reduce the number of cervical cancer deaths by 45 per cent by 2035, in what has been described as a major step “towards completely eradicating cervical cancer” by Cancer Council NSW’s directo... more

Research: Breakthrough in quest to cure worst of all children’s cancers

17 April 2018

DIPG, or diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, has been described as the worst of all child cancers. Australian researchers have made a significant breakthrough they hope could one day result in children surviving the disease. Following more than 250 unsu... more

Supportive Care: 106 get cannabis go-ahead

16 April 2018

More than 100 Victorians have been given the green light to use medicinal cannabis. The Herald Sun can reveal 106 people across the state have received approval under a new federal scheme. More requests are being processed. Among the patients are peo... more

Screening: Call to overhaul bowel cancer testing system

16 April 2018

State governments will be asked to overhaul a vital cancer testing system following huge increases in wait times that are forecast to multiply over the coming years. With the expansion of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program expected to create... more

Treatment: Big price cut for miracle drug

16 April 2018

Patients battling Hodgkin lymphoma, will have cheaper access to a lifesaving cancer drug that previously cost $200,000. While 85 per cent of Hodgkin Lymphoma sufferers are cured with chemotherapy, patients who relapse or those who cannot undergo norm... more

Research: Big stride in cancer battle

16 April 2018

Queensland researchers may have discovered a new way of diagnosing prostate cancer, gauging how advanced it is, and predicting how well men will respond to treatment. If their findings are validated in large patient trials, they believe their work co... more

Research: Big stride in cancer battle

16 April 2018

Queensland researchers may have discovered a new way of diagnosing prostate cancer, gauging how advanced it is, and predicting how well men will respond to treatment. If their findings are validated in large patient trials, they believe their work co... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Oliver launches 11-point plan to cut child obesity

16 April 2018

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has launched a “manifesto” to cut the scale of childhood obesity in half. The campaigner is calling for a ban on junk food advertisements on UK television before the 9pm watershed and to stop energy drinks being sold to ch... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Cancer warnings on coffee just silly

13 April 2018

Cass Sustein a Professor from Harvard argues that a tentative judicial ruling in Los Angeles County last week to put cancer warnings on coffee is just plain silly. “It could potentially turn into a fiasco, I think, and it tells us something important... more

Supportive Care: Exercise then surgery step in the right direction

13 April 2018

Exercise is already known to help cancer patients recover after their treatment but WA researchers believe it can also help in the lead-up to surgery. Edith Cowan University is running a trial of 40 men with prostate cancer to see if pre-surgery exer... more

Tobacco: Ministers urged to raise smoking age to 21

13 April 2018

The West Australian government is expected to propose increasing the legal smoking age to 21 at a meeting of health ministers today. Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon, who is due to address the meeting, said he would support the... more

Tobacco: Vapers ordered to butt out

13 April 2018

Smokers of e-cigarettes could be fined up to $550 if caught vaping in public spaces or on public transport across NSW. The ban will come into effect in July after NSW parliament passed new laws on Wednesday night. Herald Sun, 13/4/2018, Page 33; Dai... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Parents tricked, hook line and sugar

13 April 2018

Jane Martin from the Obesity Policy Coalition explores food marketing in an opinion piece for the Herald Sun. She says that some products that are high in sugar create a “healthy halo” through their packaging and argues the Health Star Rating system ... more

Tobacco: New national bid to raise legal smoking age to 21

12 April 2018

States will be lobbied to make it illegal for Australians to smoke until their 21st birthday at a meeting of the nation’s health ministers tomorrow as Western Australia takes up mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest crusade. WA Health Minister Roger... more

Screening: Budget to fund cancer check

12 April 2018

Tens of thousands of men will be able to get a Medicare-funded MRI to check for prostate cancer in a $15-20 million measure expected in the federal Budget. A $400 Medicare rebate will be made available for scans to diagnose and monitor prostate cance... more

Alcohol: Two drinks a day now too many

12 April 2018

Hundreds of Queenslanders are dying each year from cancer related to excessive drinking. The new data has led the Cancer Council Queensland to urge people to switch from a daily tipple to weekly as experts continue to review drinking guidelines, whic... more

Support: Cannabis access in 48 hours

11 April 2018

Patients would be able to access medicinal cannabis within 48 hours under a radical plan by the Turnbull Government to take over approval processes from the states. The Courier-Mail can reveal Health Minister Greg Hunt will submit the plan at a Counc... more

Screening: Cancer danger as tests shunned

11 April 2018

Almost half of young South Australian women are not having regular Pap smears, and it is feared confusion over a new screening test will lower participation rates further. SA Health data shows 58 per cent of SA women are having regular cervical scree... more

Occupational and Environment: Asia’s hidden travel risk

11 April 2018

Asbestos is a popular building material in many parts of Asia and given that it only takes a few fibres to cause a fatal cancer, tourists may unknowingly be facing a health risk. While there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, risk does increas... more

Treatment: Shake, rattle and toll

10 April 2018

Lifesaving radiotherapy machines may have to shut down for years during Metro Tunnel construction, forcing the state government to spend tens of millions of dollars on replacement services. The government is secretly making contingency plans for a co... more

Research: GPs late to spot cancer

10 April 2018

Almost half of men with prostate cancer had to see their GP at least twice before being diagnosed, research reveals. As doctors called for urgent action to tackle the crisis, the figures also show that 6 per cent of men went to their doctor at least ... more

Alcohol: Fat chance

10 April 2018

Wine lovers everywhere rejoiced when studies indicated a couple of tipples of red before bed could actually help with weight loss. The Washington State University and Harvard Medical School studies reported a polyphenol in red wine called resveratrol... more

Tobacco: E-cigs could aid cancer battle

09 April 2018

Legalising electronic cigarettes containing nicotine could prevent most cases of lung cancer, a leading expert claims. University of NSW conjoint associate professor Colin Mendelsohn told the Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Sydney yesterday that... more

Supportive Care: Medical cannabis is legal but does it work?

09 April 2018

For medical cannabis, some experts believe the hype has surged way past the science, which is weak, inconclusive and often non-existent for many conditions. When cannabis does work, the effect is often small. “The evidence, in general,” says Professo... more

Screening: Study may open door to heart failure screening

09 April 2018

Patients suffering the early signs of heart failure could one day have their condition detected before they suffer symptoms, with the aim of catching it early enough to reverse. Scientists say the new imaging technique currently being tested on Melbo... more

Treatment: New breast cancer drug reduces risk of relapse

06 April 2018

Australians with breast cancer can apply to receive a drug that reduces the risk of cancer returning, under a special access program. Nerlynx is targeted for use in women with HER 2+ early breast cancer. One in four women diagnosed with this type of ... more

Treatment: Cancer Hope

05 April 2018

A breakthrough Melbourne drug may make chemotherapy unnecessary for patients with advanced leukaemia and dramatically improve odds of survival. Results of two trials show that venetoclax could save more than twice as many patients as chemotherapy and... more

Supportive Care: Call for action over $10k hit for cancer patients

05 April 2018

Health Minister Greg Hunt has been urged to back Labor’s proposal for a Productivity Commission investigation into the private health sector “crisis” after a survey revealed a quarter of breast cancer patients experienced out-of-pocket costs of more ... more

Screening: We can beat lung cancer early

04 April 2018

Lung cancer will be detected and treated before people have any symptoms, under a ground-breaking new program offering screening for the deadly disease. Only 16 per cent of people are alive more than five years after being diagnosed with lung cancer,... more

Research: Stroke links to genetics

04 April 2018

A team of international scientists have identified almost two dozen new genetic risk factors for stroke, marking a significant advance in what is known about the underlying causes of one of Australia’s biggest killers. Stroke kills more women than br... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Swallow those health fears as you savour your coffee

04 April 2018

In an opinion piece Jan Davis writes that the order to place a cancer warning on their products because of acrylamide, a chemical produced in the roasting process, needs to be put in context. The piece focuses on the process that causes acrylamide in... more

Research: Cancer drug’s dual use

03 April 2018

A drug used in treating non-small cell lung cancer could offer a targeted therapy for thousands of breast cancer patients, research has shown. Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London have established that lung cancer drug crizotinib ... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: GPs fail to push exercise

03 April 2018

Top Queensland health experts have rapped GPs for not routinely prescribing exercise as medicine. And Australian Medical Association chief Dr Michael Gannon agrees that some clinicians are uncomfortable with addressing subjects like obesity, diet cha... more

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer linked to grooming, fashion, sex and age

02 April 2018

What we wear, how we groom and our beauty regimens are having an impact on skin cancer rates. A study released today reveals fashion, beauty and grooming decisions affect tumour positions in both men and women. “The higher anatomic distribution of tu... more

Treatment: Price of scripts to plunge by 40%

01 April 2018

The price of millions of scripts will drop by up to 40 per cent from today, giving unwell Aussies more affordable access to medicines. The cost of more than 300 drugs that treat high blood pressure, depression, digestive disorders and certain types o... more

Tobacco: Government has attack of the vapours over making e-cigarettes legal

01 April 2018

In an opinion piece, National Politics writer Annika Smethurst writes that vaping continues to be illegal despite cigarettes which cause 15,000 deaths each year being legal and available. The piece focuses on the recent parliamentary inquiry into e-c... more

Screening: Cancer tests blowout

01 April 2018

Hundreds of Victorians are waiting more than a year for vital cancer tests after hospital waiting lists blew out by more than a third over the past two years. In at least one major Melbourne public hospital, the median wait for bowel cancer tests is ... more

Occupational and Environment: Backyard coops on toxic alert

01 April 2018

Urban chook owners are being warned of the risk of eating their pets’ eggs after tests have revealed toxic pesticides banned in the 1980s are still lurking in backyard soils. A Perth laboratory that does soil and egg tests for residents said dieldrin... more

Occupational and Environment: US coffee cancer warning

31 March 2018

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that Californian law requires coffee to carry a cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle ruled on Wednesday that Starbucks and other coffee companies f... more

Research: A fat chance of recovery

30 March 2018

Eating a breakfast of bacon and eggs could make a leading prostate cancer treatment more effective. Fatty foods may allow the drug abiraterone — which can extend the lives of patients with advanced prostate cancer — to be absorbed 10 times more easil... more

Tobacco: Nicotine e-cigarette ban stays, despite Liberal protests

29 March 2018

The sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine – classified as a poison – should remain prohibited in Australia, a parliamentary committee has concluded after a yearlong inquiry. In its much anticipated report, the majority of the Standing Com... more

Skin Cancer: Slop sunscreen on hands before manicure

28 March 2018

The rise in demand for professional manicures has shone a light on the skin cancer risks of UV lamps used to harden gel nails. Skin experts warn in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology out today that sunscreen should be applied to the hands before... more

Supportive Care: Let’s not be dopey

27 March 2018

In an opinion piece Adrian Reynolds writes that doctors should use effective, tried and tested methods before considering medicinal cannabis. The piece focuses on the research into medicinal cannabis, and the current known evidence. Whilst also calli... more

Tobacco: $1.6b tobacco tax going up in smoke

26 March 2018

Farmers are being recruited and strongarmed by organised crime gangs to plant illegal tobacco crops, which major retailers allege is funding terrorism. The stark warning comes amid calls for the Turnbull government to devise a comprehensive strategy ... more

Treatment: Life saving drugs cheaper

26 March 2018

The Federal Government has slashed the cost of a special lung cancer drug, helping about 2000 patients who would have otherwise been required to pay up to $100,000 for a round of treatment. The PBS listings cut the costs of the medicines to a maximum... more

Treatment: How doctors are bleeding patients dry

26 March 2018

A secret fee “bible” used by doctors to set rates for medical procedures has revealed a massive overcharging scandal, with some specialists demanding up to 10 times the recommended Medicare fee. The Australian Medical Association’s List Of Services A... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Poor obesity report for food firms

26 March 2018

Parmalat, the food giant behind Vaalia and Ski yoghurts, has ranked last in a study that examined the obesity prevention efforts of Australia’s biggest food and beverage manufacturers, scoring a derisory three out of 100. With an alarming two-thirds ... more

Medical and Scientific: Breast implant disease on rise

26 March 2018

A rising number of unusual cancer cases linked to breast implants across the world have been reported to US authorities. The US Food and Drug Administration confirmed that cases of the illness — which is not breast cancer but a malignancy of the immu... more

Research: Australian prostrate trial a first

26 March 2018

A world-first trial of an Australian-made radioactive molecule developed to destroy prostate cancer cells from the inside has begun, with men undergoing screening in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. This doctor-led trial — most are initiated by drug c... more

Research: Lower-dose treatment offers cancer hope

26 March 2018

Thousands of women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer could be spared severe side-effects after scientists found that targeted treatments or lower doses were just as effective. The study, led by Cambridge University and the Institute of Cancer R... more

Treatment/Research: Cancer crawlers

23 March 2018

Billionaire philanthropist Andrew Forrest has blasted the slow rollout of radical new cancer treatments demanding the nation’s leading experts work with “the burning impatience of dying patients”. has donated $75 million to cancer research, says rest... more

Tobacco: Tobacco seized near Bundaberg

22 March 2018

A record 28 tonnes of illegal tobacco with an estimated street value of $60 million has been seized at properties near Bundaberg. The Australian Taxation Office announced yesterday that it had seized the tobacco following a joint operation with Queen... more

Research: Mini-brains let our scientists think big

22 March 2018

At Frome St’s Centre for Cancer Biology, Dr Guillermo Gomez is using stem cells to grow mini-brains to better understand the human brain and one of its most terrifying afflictions – cancer. The mini-brains, or brain organoids, are grown from stem ... more

Nutrition and physical activity: Work out to beat cancer

22 March 2018

Regular physical activity that raises the heart rate and makes a person “huff and puff” can significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer — no matter what their body weight, a study has shown. The study of more than 200,000 adults, conducted by Cance... more

Support: Stoic wives suffer, too

21 March 2018

Wives of men with prostate cancer find their own health suffering as a result of their husband’s illness, researchers have found. The new study suggests nearly half of wives see their health suffer as their husbands go through treatment. The research... more

Screening: Next step to cut prostate cancer over-diagnosis

21 March 2018

In her weekly health column Jill Margo writes that the issues surrounding over-diagnosis and PSA testing is still a matter of public health. The piece focuses on new active surveillance research recently published in the Journal of the American Medic... more

Screening: MRI key to cancer fight

21 March 2018

Thousands of cases of aggressive prostate cancer could be spotted early by using cutting-edge MRI scans, a major study has found. Researchers found they could diagnose 46 per cent more aggressive tumours by using MRI scans rather than biopsies. The s... more

Research: Vaccine offers hope for coeliacs’ gluten tolerance

21 March 2018

A Perth company is running a trial of a vaccine for coeliac disease that it believes could help stop people reacting severely to gluten. The number of people being diagnosed with coeliac disease is increasing but there is no treatment for it other th... more

Tobacco: Not such an easy e-cig path to smoke-free life

19 March 2018

Electronic cigarettes do not help smokers quit and may actually increase tobacco use, according to a major study. Smokers who take up vaping while also smoking ordinary cigarettes are less likely to give up than those who do not, the UK research foun... more

Supportive Care: Travel blow for the sick

19 March 2018

One in five people can’t afford travel insurance because they have illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, which make their premiums unaffordable. As a result, many tourists are travelling uninsured or lie about their medical history, taking a major r... more

Skin Cancer: We’re slipping on sun care, research finds

19 March 2018

It’s the sunburnt country, but 92 per cent of Australians do not know they need to start protecting themselves from the sun’s harsh rays when the UV level reaches three or above, new Cancer Council research shows. Despite widespread awareness that ul... more

Research: Bloody big cancer win

19 March 2018

Australian cancer researchers have made a breakthrough that could lead to an effective treatment of multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood cancer that affects 1800 Australians every year. Multiple myeloma grows in the bone marrow and mainly imp... more

Research: Cancer cell discovery

19 March 2018

The blood of patients taking a revolutionary drug that “melts” leukaemia cells will be analysed to uncover why some cancers evade destruction or become resistant to treatment. Technology capable of analysing thousands of cancer cells a second is bein... more

Treatment: Bureaucratic delay for cancer drug risks lives

16 March 2018

Terminally ill cancer patients are being forced to pay $150,000 a year for a lifesaving treatment even though it has been recommended for a government subsidy. Six months after an expert government committee approved a subsidy for immunotherapy keytr... more

Research: SA scientists teach our bodies to fight cancer

16 March 2018

Adelaide scientists are leading the charge to cure a whole range of cancers by using the body’s own immune system to fight the deadly disease. They have armed the body’s killer T-cells with the ability to seek and destroy solid tumours of different c... more

Alcohol: Sobering figures on our alcohol culture

16 March 2018

In his weekly health column, Sean Parnell writes that the latest results from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey are concerning as the survey showed one in four people binge drink to dangerous levels at least once a month. The piece focuses ... more

Research: Drug hope for fewer hot flushes

15 March 2018

A new menopause drug could dramatically cut hot flushes and sleeplessness in just three days. Scientists have hailed the results as “game changing”, holding out hopes for an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Research by Imperial College Lon... more

Research: Aussies far from equal on cancer

15 March 2018

Indigenous Australians have higher rates of cancer than non-indigenous Australians, less chance of surviving the disease and more frequently acquire cancers typically associated with poor lifestyle. Lung cancer was the most commonly diagnosed cancer ... more

Treatment: Chemo hero wants change

15 March 2018

Chemotherapy bungle victim Andrew Knox is angry with the Labor Government, “mortally disappointed” in Nick Xenophon and urging voters to give the Liberals a chance. Mr Knox, whose leukaemia returned after under-dosing of chemotherapy in 2015, said he... more

Tobacco: E-cig, tobacco smoking link

14 March 2018

Children who try e-cigarettes are 12 times more likely to smoke tobacco, British research has found. Scientists have uncovered strong evidence of a so-called “gateway effect”, according to the first UK study of its kind. Researchers from King’s Colle... more

Screening: Prostate test study casts doubt

14 March 2018

Australian urologists say a PSA blood test offers the best hope for beating prostate cancer despite a British study over 10 years finding the popular yet contentious screening did not cut the number of men who died from the disease. A trial compared ... more

Research: Genes link to cancer

14 March 2018

Scientists have discovered a ‘‘treasure trove’’ of 110 genes which raise the risk of breast cancer, in a major breakthrough that paves the way for new treatments. The study, the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted into the genetics of bre... more

Tobacco: We banned tobacco ads – car ads should be next

13 March 2018

Environmental educator Arwen Birch compares the environmental and health costs of cars to tobacco. She argues that are similarities between the two industries and that car advertising should regulated. The Age, 13/03/2018, Page 18; Sydney Morning He... more

Research: How many people in your suburb will get cancer in 2018?

13 March 2018

More than 46,000 people in NSW will be told they have cancer in 2018, official projections show. The sobering forecast also foreshadows the number of new breast, lung, bowel cancer and melanoma patients will be diagnosed across each local government ... more

Treatment: New system to treat prostate cancer

12 March 2018

Thousands of prostate cancer patients could be spared gruelling treatment after a breakthrough by British scientists. Experts at Cambridge University have created a tool that calculates a man’s chances of dying from the cancer with 90 per cent accura... more

Tobacco: Smokers cough up $16bn for tobacco

12 March 2018

Consumption of cigarettes has risen for the first time in more than a decade, adding to concerns about the effectiveness of measures to reduce smoking. Expenditure on tobacco products, which has been in steady decline for a generation, rose 2.6 per c... more

Skin Cancer: Web test new hope on cancer

12 March 2018

Australian researchers have developed a simple online test to predict the risk of someone developing melanoma in the next few years. The test, to be launched today, is based on questionnaires involving about 40,000 people over 40, including more than... more

Skin Cancer: Going to extremes over UV radiation

12 March 2018

A thinning ozone layer combined with farming practices in India may add up to more days of extreme ultraviolet radiation Down Under. Analysis of daily UV readings since 1997 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane found the number of days when ultraviolet ... more

Research: TV binge ups bowel cancer in men

12 March 2018

Men who watch more than four hours of TV a day significantly increase their risk of bowel cancer, a study shows. Researchers, who tracked 500,000 British people for six years, found a significant link between sedentary behaviour and bowel cancer risk... more

Research: New hope for kids fighting cancer

12 March 2018

Australian scientists believe they have discovered a “magic bullet” to defeat one of the deadliest childhood cancers — and, if it works, it could also help save adults. The technology is able to deliver chemotherapy to treat deadly neuroblastoma dire... more

Research: Funds are a life saver

12 March 2018

Scientists are set to launch ground breaking research into prostate cancer in a bid to reduce deaths from the disease within five years. New imagine techniques are being developed by a team of researchers to detect which cancers should be treated agg... more

Public Health: Breast cancer hotspot

12 March 2018

Women in Cairns are more likely to develop breast cancer than anywhere else in the state. The alarming statistic has been revealed by Cancer Council Queensland, which examined the incidence and survival patterns for the five most common cancers – bre... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Hip alert. Obesity crisis getting bigger

12 March 2018

Young women have become the epicentre of the nation’s obesity epidemic with the fastest growing waistlines in the country. And experts warn it will have catastrophic implications for the next generation because childhood obesity has been linked to th... more

Skin cancer: Flaps the way to cut skin cancer risk

09 March 2018

What started as a joke between friends has become a successful business venture for Kookaburras goalkeeper Tristan Clemons. He has created a business selling legionnaire style hats - Get Flapped. Clemons also works as a nanotechnologist at the Univer... more

Treatment/Health Services: Cloud over US cancer fighter

09 March 2018

Jay Weatherill has given a US based company $10 million to set up a training and testing centre in Adelaide before long-running questions are resolved over its suitability to build the southern hemisphere’s first cancer fighting proton therapy unit i... more

Public Health: Women likelier to be inactive

09 March 2018

The Australian explores health risks specific to women. Topics discussed include higher levels of physical inactivity, chronic illness, endometriosis and genetic breast cancer risk. The Australian, 9/3/2018, Page 18

Research: Vitamin D’s hit on cancer

09 March 2018

Vitamin D could help ward off cancer, a major study suggests. Middle-aged men and women with high levels in their blood are 20 per cent less likely to get the disease, experts found. Vitamin D is known to strengthen bones and muscles and growing evid... more

Research: Hot on cancer’s trail

09 March 2018

The discovery of a tiny trail of “breadcrumbs” left behind by cancer cells in the blood could be used to develop an early detection test for one of the country’s deadliest diseases. Findings of the Melbourne research could improve treatment for an ag... more

Public Health: Experts are stressed out

09 March 2018

Half of Britons wrongly believe that stress causes cancer, a survey suggests. Yet many are unaware of the proven link between the disease and processed meat and alcohol. Commissioned by the World Cancer Research Fund, the poll highlights the widespre... more

Research: Women beating breast cancer

08 March 2018

More WA women are getting breast cancer but their chances of surviving have dramatically improved, with almost 100 per cent of those in the earliest stage now beating the disease. Figures from a special report by WA’s Cancer Registry, tracking surviv... more

Tobacco: Smoke and ire as cigar retailer fights new law

08 March 2018

Perth cigar retailer Simon Devlin supports an exception to tobacco law that allows niche retailers to display tobacco products. The law is due to be debated in the WA Upper House this month, alongside other amendments to the Tobacco Products Control ... more

Public Health: Cancer prevention takes courage

08 March 2018

Penny Egan, CEO, Cancer Council Tasmania calls on the newly elected Tasmanian Government to invest in cancer prevention – and for Tasmanians to take action to reduce their personal cancer risk. Hobart Mercury, 8/03/2018, Page 19

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Leaving us hungry

08 March 2018

Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs writes that food, nutrition and human behaviour are far too complex to be regulated with a star rating system. Daily Telegraph, 8/03/2018, Page 3

Research: Vaccine for prostate

07 March 2018

A vaccine could one day protect men from developing prostate cancer, thanks to a breakthrough by British scientists. Experts have designed a vaccine that boosts the immune system’s ability to track down and kill the cancer cells as soon as they start... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Asbestos report triggers meeting

06 March 2018

The Blue Mountains Council is gearing up for another extraordinary general meeting, the third in as many months, as it considers a second report from the inquiry into its asbestos management practices. The extend of the council’s unfolding asbestos c... more

Tobacco: Liberal MP – Tobacco taxes are too high

05 March 2018

A federal Liberal MP says normally law-abiding smokers are buying black market cigarettes because tobacco taxes are too high in Australia. Boothby MP Nicolle Flint has criticised the repeated above-inflation tobacco excise increases which have been i... more

Health Services: Expansion of cancer centre nears

05 March 2018

The Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre expansion will soon be under way, with the construction tender given to Sitzler. Health Minister Natasha Fyles yesterday made the announcement for the $10.5 million project to expand the centre and build the facilit... more

Occupational and Environmental Cancer Risk: Lives put at risk

05 March 2018

The Blue Mountains City Council is facing an asbestos crisis, after an independent inquiry found the council instructed its workers to dig up, transport and sift through soil it knew was contaminated with asbestos. As a result of critical failures by... more

Research/Treatment: ‘Miracle’ cure lures expert to Mexico

05 March 2018

An expert will travel to Mexico to investigate the controversial clinic reported to have successfully treated Australian children who have terminal brain cancer. The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF), the peak organisation for brain cancer research... more

Screening and Immunisation: Vaccine hits cancer mark

05 March 2018

The end of cervical cancer is within sight and Australia is likely to be the first nation free of the killer disease thanks to the ground-breaking human papillomavirus vaccine. As new research reveals the rate of HPV has dropped from one in five youn... more

Public Health: A need to get people active

05 March 2018

Better access to swimming lessons, a vastly improved cycling network and a focus on getting people moving are key planks of a five-point plan to make Melbourne a healthier city. Education on minimising risks of sunburn and skin cancer, and how to spo... more

Support/Health Services: Nurse a great support

05 March 2018

A new prostate cancer nurse at Royal Adelaide Hospital is providing support and information to patients.  Ms Otto is only the second prostate specialist nurse in the state, following one at Flinders Medical Centre, providing care co-ordination and a ... more

Treatment: Cancer survivor thriving

05 March 2018

The first Australian to use the breakthrough cancer immunotherapy treatment Keytruda is thriving six years on but other lung cancer patients still can’t get a subsidy for the $150,000 a year treatment. Peter Suffolk is the world’s second longest surv... more

Nutrition and Physical Activity: Feeding poor sugar babies

05 March 2018

Half of babies from poorer families are consuming sugary drinks including fruit juice, fizzy drinks and cordial before their first birthday, driving up their risk of obesity. They were also twice as likely to be eating savoury snacks, a study of 3000... more

Supportive Care: Clinical pot on highway

02 March 2018

Patients, including children, will have easier access to medicinal cannabis, with the state government to drastically slash the red tape that dogs the current approvals process. State bureaucrats will no longer have to sign off on access to the drug,... more

Skin Cancer: Deal on tan bed

02 March 2018

A woman caught running an illegal solarium had her sentence downgraded after outing another underground suspect. Macleod woman Taryn Battye faced the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on two commercial tanning-related charges. She was given a 12-month go... more

Public Health: Cancer death rates higher among poor

02 March 2018

In his regular health column Sean Parnell discusses the effect socio-economic status has on cancer outcomes. The piece focuses on new AIHW data, the new National Cervical Screening program, new “nanocell” chemotherapy results published in the journal... more

Occupational and Environment: Register set up for asbestos exposure

02 March 2018

Former Hazelwood Power Station employees who fear they have been exposed to asbestos have been urged to sign up to a formal register. An Australian legal firm is urging former staff of the station, which was closed last year, to add their names to it... more

Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity: Pack mentality: Nestle removes star rating from Milo

02 March 2018

Nestle has bowed to pressure and announced it will remove the controversial 4.5 health star rating splashed on tins of Milo. The company said it remained committed to the health star rating system, designed to encourage healthier purchases, but ackno... more

Alcohol: Price call on booze to cut binge harm

02 March 2018

A WA cancer educator is calling for a minimum $1.50 unit price on packaged alcohol — more than the $1.30 price endorsed by the Northern Territory Government this week. Cancer Council WA director of education and research Terry Slevin will tell the St... more

Prevention: Women in cancer scare

01 March 2018

Alarming new research shows many Australian women incorrectly believe the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine protects them against ovarian cancer, while the majority still think a pap smear can detect the lethal disease. A nationwide survey found ne... more

Screening: Deadly Delay in cancer tests

01 March 2018

Delays in bowel cancer tests are putting lives at risk, with Australia’s $52 million bowel cancer screening program stymied because participants who return a positive stool test must wait a dangerously long time for a colonoscopy. Nine in 10 Australi... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Drink firms miss out on obesity summit

01 March 2018

Soft-drink makers have accused the State Government of shunning them at a preventive health summit tomorrow, claiming they should be part of efforts to reduce obesity. Geoff Parker from the Australian Beverages Council, which also represents makers o... more

Obesity, Nutrition and Physical Activity: Don’t blame supermarkets for obesity, just look in the mirror

01 March 2018

In an opinion piece Jane Fynes-Clinton writes that it is not the responsibility of supermarkets to prevent obesity but the individual’s responsibility. The piece focuses on the tactics supermarkets use to encourage consumers to buy products, food lab... more

Alcohol: Wine drains the budget

01 March 2018

In an opinion piece Peter Martin writes that the taxation system applied to alcohol is affecting the federal budget, due to failing indirect tax system. The piece focuses on the changes in taxation for alcoholic beverages and the 2010 Henry Tax Revie... more