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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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Inside the Sid suit: our Slip! Slop! Slap! mascot takes on St Kilda Festival

Posted by Jen on 16-02-2012

Last Sunday, as a result of a serious failure to fully consider the implications of the term 'other duties as required' before signing my employment contract, I found myself in the artists' area behind the main stage at the St Kilda festival, dressed as a giant bird.

It's FOBruary: get your bowel cancer screening home test kit!

Posted by Susanne and Melissa on 13-02-2012

According to Cabrini Health, which just happens to run the lovely Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, it is the magical month of FOBruary. That is, it's the month to do your Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) - or as many of us here at Cancer Council Victoria call it, a bowel cancer screening test.

Slop gets a slappin': Nanoparticles in sunscreen and staying SunSmart

Posted by Cairín on 10-02-2012

SunSmart’s iconic jingle is in trouble. Cheerful Sid the Seagull in board shorts, t-shirt and hat has been dancing his way across our screens since the 1980s singing the jingle – Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

Why we watch The Biggest Loser and Excess Baggage: the appeal of weight loss rehab

Posted by Bek on 03-02-2012

Perhaps it's no surprise that weight loss shows such as The Biggest Loser and Excess Baggage are so popular.

Does the HPV vaccine mean it's safe to have unprotected sex?

Posted by Amy on 11-01-2012

A new study published in the US has indicated some teenage girls wrongly assume their risk of contracting all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is greatly reduced after having the HPV vaccine.

Tanning and skin cancer - like playing Russian roulette (without the vodka)

Posted by Justine on 06-01-2012

So the setting may not have been Russia but the roulette wheel was spinning. On one side I had a friend admiring her newly honey hued beach arms and on the other one loudly lamenting her porcelain pigment. "Enough" I cried like a time-out team captain, "Put down the revolver and pick up the sunscreen."

New Year's Resolutions to help you beat cancer

Posted by Melissa on 23-12-2011

So it's nearly that time of year again - the New Year. Pretty soon you'll be dragging yourself out of a turkey-induced coma, looking upon your waistline (hoping you can still see your feet) and brushing off the dust of 2011 ready for a brand new year.

Who ever said weight loss was boring? Losing your silly season weight just got exciting

Posted by Amy on 19-12-2011

So we're three weeks into December. What do we call this time of year again?

Food packaging - who do you trust to tell the truth on the label?

Posted by Shona on 09-12-2011

Who would you trust to decide what nutrition information goes on packaged food - public health experts or food industry marketing execs?

Hula your way to healthy!

Posted by Cairín on 07-12-2011

After finishing my second half marathon in three months, I had enough of running.

iheard that x, y and z causes cancer

Posted by Laura on 02-12-2011

There is so much information out there about cancer, can you separate the myth from the fact? In an effort to combat misconceptions Cancer Council has launched a website iheard.com.au. It's here to bust the myths.

Budgeting for bowel cancer; making sense of dollars and cents

Posted by Melissa on 01-12-2011

It's that magical time of the year. In the distance, you hear the sounds of rustling and jingling.  No, it's not Santa's sleigh filled with presents - it's the bean counters inside the Federal Government's vault counting cash in readiness for the Federal Government's pre-budget submissions.

A Royal Affair . . .

Posted by Cairín on 25-11-2011

Yesterday was a very exciting day for SunSmart - we launched our summer campaign in the company of the Premier of Victoria and the Princess of Denmark.

Shying away from anything too risky or risque

Posted by Laura on 16-11-2011

WARNING: this post contains partial nudity and sexually explicit content. That got you reading, right?

Music to our rears - can Mozart help find bowel cancer?

Posted by Melissa on 14-11-2011

Every so often a story comes along that must be blogged about here at CYCR. This latest offering from the Medical Observer is one such article.