Research and Cancer Council NSW
We want to know the ‘whys’ of cancer, so that we can best understand how to positively improve the lives of those with the disease, their families and the wider community. We focus on those cancers that are the most lethal yet underfunded, such as brain, pancreatic and liver cancer. We also focus on disadvantaged groups, such as Aboriginal communities – among whom the cancer mortality rate is up to 60% higher than among non‑Aboriginal Australians – and seek to rectify such inequalities.
To realise our vision of cancer defeated, Cancer Council NSW must seek out opportunities to improve our collective knowledge about cancer. This understanding does not just lead to better diagnostics and treatments, but is also used to encourage healthy behaviours in community members, to persuade governments to develop better policy, and to provide programs and services to support people through each step of their cancer journey.
In the last fifteen years, we have awarded well over $120 million to Australia’s best and brightest cancer researchers. As the largest non‑government funder of cancer research in NSW, we are able to invest strategically in research, and contribute to sustaining research momentum.
Our research has found that major advances in screening, prevention and treatment have resulted in thousands of cancer deaths being avoided today compared to rates 20 years ago. More than 61,000 people are alive in Australia today thanks to knowledge that has been uncovered and put into practice over this time. All of this work is achieved in collaboration with the best universities, institutes and researchers throughout Australia and across the globe.