Campaigns & events

Cancer Australia undertakes a wide range of campaigns and events aimed to inform the community and raise awareness of important cancer initiatives.

Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Event - October

The Pink Ribbon Breakfast is held every year on Pink Ribbon Day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. The Breakfast offers an opportunity for Cancer Australia to raise awareness in improving the outcomes for those affected by breast cancer, connect with key breast cancer stakeholders, inform the community of new insights into key breast cancer issues, gaps, advances in research and launch major initiatives. More…

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Event - November

Lung Cancer Awareness Month takes place in November each year. During the month a range of activities take place to update the community on key lung cancer message and Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia, with an estimated 8,100 people dying from the disease in 2010. More...

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Event - February

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held in February each year to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to highlight issues facing those diagnosed and their partners and families.

Each year in Australia almost 1300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. More than two-thirds of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage, where the cancer has spread and is difficult to treat successfully.

During Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month a range of activities are undertaken to update the community on new and emerging initiatives on ovarian cancer. More…

Cheeky Check Up


Cheeky Check-Up is an important campaign to raise breast awareness in women aged 20 – 39. The Cheeky Check-Up campaign takes a fresh, fun approach to the promotion of positive breast awareness messages to younger women.

It encourages them to develop good breast health habits for life and reassures them that they do not need to be an expert or know a special technique to achieve this. It is particularly important for young women to be aware of breast changes because mammographic screening is not effective at finding breast cancer in its early stages in this age group. More…

Breast Cancer Won’t Wait


Finding breast cancer early provides the best chance of surviving the disease.

You don’t have to be an expert or use a special technique. Take the time to get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts as part of your daily routine, for example, while showering, dressing or looking in the mirror. Knowing what is normal for you will help you to detect any new breast changes. More…

Breast Cancer in Men


It may come as a surprise to most men to learn that they can develop breast cancer. Around 100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year. While breast cancer is uncommon in men, it's important for men who find a change in their breasts not to let embarrassment or uncertainty prevent them from seeing their doctor without delay. Early detection and treatment are the best way to survive the disease. More…