About the ABC Study

The Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study will be working with over 50,000 Australian residents to investigate the causes of cancer and other diseases. Using the latest genetic technologies, the study will investigate the role that our genes, lifestyle and environment play in the development of disease. To enrich the study with genes related to cancer risk we would like to encourage people to participate who do not have cancer themselves but who have a family history of cancer.

The ABC Study is aiming for breakthroughs that will enable more individualised prevention and screening to occur. Currently, most public health interventions are based on a one size fits all approach, rather than on personalised risk estimation.

By more accurately predicting cancer risk based on an individual's genetic profile and lifestyle we will be able to deliver more customised health advice and better targeted public health messages. Importantly, prevention strategies such as screening will be aimed only at those who will benefit from them, sparing a large proportion of the population from unnecessary investigations.

To find out more about what we are trying to achieve and how, listen to ABC radio's Trevor Chappell's 15 December 2016 interview with Assoc. Prof  Roger Milne, who is a  Principal Investigator on the Study.  Roger is also Director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division. Note: the ABC Study is not affiliated with ABC broadcasting.

You don't have to have cancer to fight cancer

Any Australian resident aged 40-74 years, who has not been diagnosed with cancer (other than non-melanoma skin cancer) can take part.


Learn more about how this type of research works and what we hope to learn


Contact Us


1800 688 419



Cancer Epidemiology & Intelligence Division
Cancer Council Victoria
615 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004, Australia



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