Project ID: 2015_009_GIL_01

The Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) study aims to investigate the genetic basis of cancer and other diseases, exploring lifestyle and environmental factors. It is hoped this will lead to more precise methods of screening for the presence of cancer and better targeted cancer prevention strategies and public health messages.

The researcher: Professor Graham Giles

Graham Giles joined the Cancer Council in 1983 as Director of the Victorian Cancer Registry. In 2013 he became Director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division with Cancer Council Victoria.

His research interests include the causes of cancers of the breast, bowel and skin focusing on dietary factors, family history and genetics.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible to participate in this project if you are aged between 40 and 74 years and have never been diagnosed with cancer, other than non-melanoma skin cancer.

What does this project involve?

If you choose to take part in this project, you will be asked to complete 3 online questionnaires and provide a saliva sample.

Where is the project being conducted?

The lead researcher is based at Cancer Council Victoria. The questionnaires are undertaken online. A saliva sample kit will be sent in the post and returned using a reply paid envelope.

How do I express interest in participating?

To get more information about this project:

  • Click on “Yes, I’m interested” at the bottom of this page and follow the prompts.
  • Call us on 1300 709 485 and we can help you through the process. Register4 is an online register, so have your email address ready.

After we verify your details, we will send you an invitation email. The invitation email formally asks whether you give Register4 permission to forward your contact details to the researcher. You will also have the opportunity to specify which contact details you would like us to send to the researcher on your behalf.