The Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study is working with over 50,000 Australians to investigate the causes of common non-communicable diseases, particularly cancer. Using the latest technologies, the ABC will measure each participants’ genetic profile and, together with questionnaire data, investigate the role that our genes, lifestyle and environment play in the development of common diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
In regard to cancer, the ABC Study is seeking 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, more customised health advice and better targeted public health messages may be delivered. In the future, prevention strategies such as screening could 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 Head of the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division. Note: the ABC Study is not affiliated with ABC broadcasting.