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AFL greats backing cancer research

Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Past AFL players are urging Victorians who have never had cancer to take part in Cancer Council Victoria’s Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study, to be part of the team blowing a final siren on the disease.

Launched today, the partnership between the AFL Players Association Alumni and Cancer Council Victoria shows you don’t have to have cancer to be part of the research to fight it.

Carlton premiership player Geoff Southby is one of more than 10,000 Australians already taking part in the ABC Study, and was inspired to do so after his sister was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

“Most people are touched by someone with cancer, and the ABC Study could become the most valuable research ever done in cancer studies here in Australia. Being part of something like this has been very rewarding.” Over the coming years, the ABC Study – one of Australia’s largest ever – will provide researchers with information to solve mysteries that surround cancer and other diseases, and find new ways to treat and prevent them.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd Harper said this was a chance for people to be involved in the next generation of research breakthroughs.

“People who have a loved one with cancer are often looking for ways to provide support to that person in a meaningful way.

"This is an invaluable opportunity to provide that support and drive the research that will bring us even closer to preventing more cancers.”

Cancer Council Victoria researcher Dr Fiona Bruinsma said the study was looking to recruit 50,000 Australians aged from 40 to 74 who had never been diagnosed with a cancer, apart from non-melanoma skin cancer.

“Taking part is another way Victorians can support Cancer Council Victoria’s research programs – without leaving their home.”