Cancer Council funds more cancer research than any other non-government organisation in Australia, dedicated to finding new ways to better detect and treat cancer. In 2017, thanks to the support of our community, we invested over $60 million in cancer research across Australia.
In South Australia, that meant continuing to fund our Beat Cancer Project in its sixth year, a program which capitalises on partnerships with some of our state’s top universities and institutions to carry out $4 of research for every $1 donated.
Research is the key to a cancer free future. Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen some significant steps toward that goal, including:
- Cancer mortality rates falling by approximately 18 per cent.
- Survival rates for some common cancers increase by as much as 36 per cent.
- Today, almost 7 in 10 Australians will survive at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis.