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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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Why we need to avoid peddling Coke

Posted by Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria on 29-11-2013

Bike-riding and a healthy free-wheeling childhood in Australia are intrinsically linked – which is perhaps why it is so jarring that this most innocent, and healthy, of pastimes is currently the target of corporate giant Coca-Cola.

New Year's Resolution #1: Quit smoking

Posted by Patrick on 29-11-2013

It's December 31, somewhere around midnight, and a group of friends have the obligatory "New Year's resolutions" chat. One of their mates says they're going to quit smoking. Sound like you or someone you know? Here's some tips to make it work.

Facial hair: sun protection that grows on you

Posted by Harry on 25-11-2013

This summer, you moustache yourself a question: To beard or not to beard?

Like sugary drinks? Might be time for a rethink

Posted by Amy on 24-10-2013

Check out this new ad from Rethink Sugary Drink. We promise you'll never look at a soft drink can the same way again.

Could your tattoo give you cancer?

Posted by Harry on 23-10-2013

Recently, there have been calls for more research into tattoo inks due to the belief that toxins from tattoo ink could be absorbed into the body and cause cancer.

How bamboo can help you prevent skin cancer

Posted by Justine on 20-09-2013

Bamboo is a very versatile crop and can now add sun protection to its list of uses.

Victorian smokers quitting and staying quit more than ever

Posted by Patrick on 10-09-2013

New Cancer Council research shows that more than 8 in 10 Victorian smokers have made a quit attempt at some point.

Want to beat bowel cancer? Here's what you need to know

Posted by Harry and Shona on 20-08-2013

It's worryingly common for bowel cancer to develop without symptoms, but while bowel cancer is the second largest cancer killer in Australia, 90 per cent of cases can be cured if found early enough.

Cigarettes and skin cancer: a not-so-sunny alliance

Posted by Patrick Gallus on 25-07-2013

Stroke, heart disease, emphysema, the leading cause of preventable cancer – and just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another reason to give up smoking, along comes this.

Sniff and snuff out skin cancer

Posted by Harry Milonas on 09-07-2013

The later skin cancer is presented for treatment, the less likely the chances of survival. So a recent article unveiling the potential for new screening technology made us a little excited. 

New food ratings system gets a gold star for merit

Posted by Patrick Gallus on 24-06-2013

Supermarket shoppers rejoice! From July next year a new clear and easy-to-read rating system will begin to be introduced to the front of food packaging.

The only anti-ageing secret you need to know ... sunscreen!

Posted by Racheal Mendes on 18-06-2013

Drum roll please! A new study has shown that the humble and inexpensive sunscreen guarantees results when it comes to waving those wrinkles bye bye!

Ireland's World No Tobacco Day move makes plain sense

Posted by Paul Grogan on 04-06-2013
Last week the Irish Government announced that it would introduce legislation to mandate the plain packaging of tobacco products.

D-robe this winter for vitamin D

Posted by Bethany on 21-05-2013
As the darker, colder winter weather creeps in, it has never become more important for Australians to start thinking about their vitamin D intake.

Let's get clinical: McKeon Review's drive for clinical trial reform just what the doctor ordered

Posted by Bethany on 03-05-2013
The Federal Government's recent McKeon Review has recommended some favourable changes for clinical trials in Australia.