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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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New smokefree areas for Victoria: and how to ask a smoker to butt out

Posted by Dr Sarah White, Director of Quit Victoria on 27-07-2017

Smokefree areas are important to protect workers and patrons from the dangers of secondhand smoke and to make outdoor dining more enjoyable for everyone – so what can you do if someone is puffing away in a smokefree area?

Cupcakes vs muffins – is there any difference?

Posted by Rebecca Cook on 10-01-2017

We find out what differentiates a muffin from a cupcake, and which one is better for us.

Avoid extra kilos and cut your risk of 13 cancers

Posted by Kate H on 15-11-2016
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important way to reduce your risk of cancer, with obesity now linked to more cancer types than ever before.

Fake tan faux pas and 5 other mistakes to avoid this Spring Racing Carnival

Posted by Laura on 20-10-2016

If you're headed to the Spring Racing Carnival (or just prepping for a big day out), be sure to follow this advice for a SunSmart day.

The truth about windburn

Posted by Laura on 22-07-2016

It's cold, you can't spot a single ray of sun and it's practically blowing a gale. So when you look in the mirror at the end of the day and see a bright red face staring back, it's easy to believe you're the victim of windburn. But just like the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, it's time to acknowledge that windburn doesn't exist.

Does coffee cancer review put beverages in hot water?

Posted by Laura on 16-06-2016

In excellent news for coffee-lovers, Melbourne’s favourite beverage has been cleared of causing cancer. The International Association for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced the news today after an exhaustive review of more than 1000 studies.

Six common questions on checking for skin cancer

Posted by Laura on 01-06-2016

When someone as young, fit and healthy as Hawks star Jarryd Roughead gets diagnosed with skin cancer, it raises more than a few questions. Here at SunSmart, we've received plenty of queries about skin cancer, how to check for it and what to do if you find a suspicious spot.

Quit for fertility

Posted by Liv on 27-05-2016

We all know that smoking is bad for our health; but did you know smoking can affect our fertility too?

Are mobile phones really frying our brains?

Posted by Luke on 10-05-2016

A new study, led by the University of Sydney, has just shown that the incredible rise in mobile phone use has NOT caused a rise in brain cancer at all.

KJ labelling on the menu for good!

Posted by Olivia Kostandinov on 12-04-2016
Congratulations to the Victorian Government for announcing mandatory KJ labelling on menus!


It's a momentous week for people with hepatitis C

Posted by Chris Enright on 03-03-2016
As of 1 March 2016, Victorians living with hepatitis C have access to fast, effective treatment to cure the disease.


Diners hungry for smoking ban

Posted by Olivia Kostandinov on 25-02-2016

Like so many other Melburnians, trying the newest restaurant or bar is a regular pastime for Olivia. The only reason she doesn't go more often is because she prefers her gastronomic delicacies without a side of smoke.

Passive smoking fires me up

Posted by Anna Sublet on 27-11-2015

The Victorian Government announced in August that it will ban smoking in outdoor areas. Great stuff, and about time. Now, the City Of Melbourne has announced its smoke-free spaces in the CBD. But what about the air in my back yard?!

Meat and cancer: the facts

Posted by Mel on 27-10-2015

The World Health Organization has sent the meat eaters of the world into a spin with the announcement that eating processed meats causes cancer, and eating red meat may cause cancer.

How a few simple lifestyle changes can cut your risk of cancer

Posted by Liv on 08-10-2015

A major Australian study has revealed that up to 37,000 Australians can avoid a cancer diagnosis, mostly through lifestyle change.