Forgotten Cancers Project

Focussing on the causes of less common cancers

The Forgotten Cancers Project is one of the first epidemiological-based research projects in the world focusing on the causes of less common cancers.

The Project aims to understand the causes of less common cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney, bladder, stomach, brain, liver, oesophageal, pancreatic, endometrial/uterine, thyroid, gallbladder, small intestine, bone and other rare cancers, as relatively little is known about them.

Australian residents with a less common cancer aged 18 years or over were asked to complete a series of questionnaires and to provide a saliva sample. The information generated from the project is now being used to conduct research nationally and overseas.

By studying the roles of genes, lifestyle and early life environment the research is seeking to understand why people develop these cancers, to be better positioned to improve the prevention and treatment of these diseases in the future.

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The Cancers:

Bladder cancer, Bone cancer, Brain cancer, Gallbladder cancer, Kidney cancer, Leukaemia, Liver cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Oesophageal cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Small intestine cancer, Stomach cancer, Thyroid cancer, Uterine cancer

Updated: 09 Jun, 2017