World-first project on rare cancers

While the “big five” of lung, prostate, breast, bowel and skin cancer make up 60 per cent of all diagnoses, more than half the cancer deaths are caused by less common or under-researched types of the disease. The Forgotten Cancers Project hopes to collect data from 15,000 participants – 1000 sufferers of each of the 15 rare strains – to build a research platform.

A further 15,000 people who have a family member suffering from a rare type of cancer will also be targeted. The Cancer Council launched the initiative, which it said was the first epidemiological-based research project in the world focusing on less common cancers, today to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Daffodil Day, its largest annual fundraising event. The 15 target cancers for the project are bladder, bone, brain, gallbladder, kidney, leukaemia, liver, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, oesophageal, pancreatic, small intestine, stomach, thyroid and uterine cancer. Read more…

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