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From eating broccoli to avoiding hairspray, new findings on what causes or prevents cancer seem to be discovered every day. Cancer Council Victoria's Cancer Prevention team go behind the headlines to dispel the myths.

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A pill to stop bowel cancer?

Posted by Melissa on 03-11-2011

It's good to see bowel cancer has been hitting the headlines over the past week or so - and for all the right reasons. New studies offering hope to either find bowel cancer early or stop it altogether have been reported on.

The bachelor - a potentially deadly way of life

Posted by Laura on 28-10-2011

Can a walk down the aisle and saying ‘I do' really reduce our cancer risk? Norwegian researchers think so after finding that bachelors are twice as likely to die of cancer compared to married men. Their study looked at death rates over a 40 year period, and included over 440,000 men and women diagnosed with cancer.

Keeping abreast of the breast cancer issues

Posted by Melissa on 19-10-2011

October is an important month for us here at Cancer Council - and not just because the mighty Geelong Cats won the AFL grand final on October 1 this year (forgive the gratuitous plug but I'm a very happy fan). It's because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Planning to swap it

Posted by Laura on 11-10-2011

Planning ahead isn't my forte, but I have been somewhat inspired by the announcement of the National 12 week ‘swapping' challenge.

Race Day Survival Guide: A Must Read Guide for All Racegoer's

Posted by Cairín on 07-10-2011

With spring in the air and the Grand Final behind us, non-footy types across the country can be heard exhaling an auditable sigh of relief. The next big thing on everyone's social calendar is the spring racing carnival and following on from that is a seemingly endless line up of festivals and barbeques. In other words, summer's coming!

The balancing act of cancer prevention

Posted by Laura on 03-10-2011

News last week that women diagnosed with breast cancer are failing to give up smoking or drinking is something that's inspired me to put finger to keyboard and get a few issues off my chest...

Having a yarn about bowel cancer - the official launch

Posted by Melissa on 26-09-2011

As we've often discussed here at Cancer Council, talking about the health of your bowel and bum may not be the type of conversation you like to have over the dinner table. But it is such an important conversation to have - especially with those friends and family who are 50 and older.

HPV Vaccine: Friend or Foe?

Posted by Amy on 16-09-2011

The battle to become the next Republican presidential candidate usually brings with it some fantastically outrageous claims, and this time is no exception...

Pedal power!

Posted by Cairín on 07-09-2011

I was recently inducted to the wonderful world of riding to work. An avid train commuter for years, the idea of riding to work hadn't really occurred to me before, largely due to the fact that I didn't own a bicycle. But after investing in a set of hot pink wheels, I was inspired to ditch the rail trail and roll to work instead!

How do you have that awkward conversation about cancer screening with dad?

Posted by Melissa on 02-09-2011

Posted by Melissa, 02 September 2011:  I'm not sure about you, but as Father's Day approaches, my thoughts are turned to all things family and gifts-for-dad-related. It may just be that I'm a sucker for those endless infomercials with the "latest and greatest, must haves for dad" interlaced with that saccharine sweet daddy-daughter music which tugs at the heart and purse strings simultaneously. Or it may be that Father's Day makes me think how extraordinarily lucky I am that my dad is still around.

Tell us what inspires you to exercise for a chance to win . . .

Posted by Laura on 30-08-2011

In our August newsletter Pip shared her story about losing her mother to cancer and how this inspired her to take up running. Check out Pip's story and for your chance to win tell us what inspires you to exercise...

Getting it right in the bedroom could be life saving

Posted by Amy on 29-08-2011

According to research released a couple of weeks ago by the medical insurer, Bupa, young Aussies are fumbling in the dark when it comes to their sexual health.

A coffee a day, keeps the doctor away?

Posted by Cairín on 19-08-2011

The latest cure for cancer unveiled this week was coffee.

According to a US study, coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers by helping kill off damaged cells that could otherwise turn into tumours. Non-melanoma skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell types, are the most commonly diagnosed skin cancers and typically less deadly than melanoma.

How to solve a problem like obesity . . .

Posted by Laura on 17-08-2011

Recently Professor Joseph Proietto generated a lot of attention about obesity as a result of his opinion piece in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). The way the story was reported sent out some confusing messages.

We think that when it comes to the issue of obesity - an once of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Sexy diseases - what does it take to attract a celebrity to your cause?

Posted by Melissa on 09-08-2011

Here's an odd question for you - one that I never thought I'd ask in my years working in the media here in Melbourne: is there such a thing as a "sexy disease?" I'm sure if you ask the many people battling cancer in Australia, the answer would be a resounding "No."

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