Volunteers sought for huge new cancer study

WARRNAMBOOL residents have the opportunity to participate in a new Cancer Council study that could generate big research breakthroughs. 

The Australian Break­through Cancer (ABC) Study by the Cancer Council Victoria aims to recruit more 50,000 participants in the next three years. It will be one of the largest study cohorts ever recruited in Australia. 

Warrnambool residents between 40-74 years of age, who have never been diagnosed with cancer (except non-melanoma skin cancer) are encouraged to register their interest for the study. 

Researchers are particularly interested in hearing from people who have a history of cancer in their family but have never had it themselves. 

Participants can expect to provide a saliva sample for genetic analysis and to be asked a series of questions relating to health, lifestyle, and family history of cancer. 

Victorian Cancer Council CEO Todd Harper said the large-scale study would help researchers better understand and identify new risk factors for cancer and other diseases. 

“We expect the ABC Study will lead to new discoveries in genetic, behavioural and environmental risk factors for cancer and other chronic diseases,” he said. 

This, in turn, will allow us to develop and refine effective ways for people to reduce their risk of being diagnosed with cancer.” 

People interested in taking part can register their interest at Cancer Council Victoria’s website: www.cancervic.org.au/abc

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