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We’re asking Australians to help us find out more about the causes of cancer. Read the stories of those who have responded to our call.

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Julie, Adelaide SA

Julie, Adelaide SA

The more information we have on people's genetic makeup the more we can understand the causes.

My father died of bowel cancer at aged 70, he was not one for seeing the Dr to get regular checkups & by the time he saw a Dr to look at his symptoms it had spread to his liver as well. He did some chemo which didn't help & he died 8 months after that. My siblings & I all had colonoscopies after that & interestingly my youngest brother was the only one with polyps which can be a precursur to bowel cancer later on.

Also in 2012, my then 26 year old son had emergency surgery for testicular cancer 6 weeks before his wedding in 2012 & has now been cancer free for 5 years & is now a father of a 23 month old healthy little boy!

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John, Echuca VIC

John, Echuca VIC

Dad died at 60 from a stroke and mum at 84 from Pancreatic cancer. I contacted a virus in my heart at 54 and have had annual visits in hospital since then for 16 yrs.

If I can make a difference for my grandchildren's quality of life that would be wonderful,as they have given me a zest for life too.

Rosalind, Blackbutt QLD

Rosalind, Blackbutt QLD

Both my parents had cancer. My dad died at 90 of stomach cancer, and my mum at 59 from sceptacemia following a bowel cancer operation. My first husband also died at the age of 54 from melanoma, and my favourite cousin died from mesothelioma when she was 54.

I have had several polyps removed since I was 45 during colonoscopies, and am participating in this study for the next generations so that they might have better outcomes than were available in our generations.

Carol, Toowoomba QLD

Carol, Toowoomba QLD

I had an Aunt and 2 Uncles, also friends and colleagues who have passed away because of cancer.

But I also have family members and friends who are cancer survivors.

Everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by this dreaded disease.

So anything that I can do to help the study, and fight it, I will do.

Jackalyn, Port Macquarie NSW

Jackalyn, Port Macquarie NSW

My mother and grandmother passed away from metastatic melanoma and I don't wish that experience on anybody.

If my contribution can help another family from experiencing the loss of a loved one this way it would be very rewarding.

My father has also had a melanoma removed from his back and is now 11 years clear of it returning, and also my uncle passed away from Lymphoma when he was only 51 years old so we have a history of cancers in my family.

Lynden, Frankston VIC

Lynden, Frankston VIC

My Mother lost her battle with breast cancer aged 40 back in 1970 when there was still little research being done. Nowadays she would have been treated and still with us had we known what we do now, including early diagnosis.

My Dad was diagnosed with Prostate cancer 20 years later and thanks to a bit of surgery & radiation treatment he recovered well. Unfortunately he passed another 10 years later from Motor Neurone Disease.

Recently my best friend and many other friends have also recovered from different cancers so I am always grateful for the ongoing research into beating this disease.

Diane, Flinders NSW

Diane, Flinders NSW

My younger sister had breast cancer and physically changed her to the point that she could not fight it anymore. She left 2 small children behind.

My father was struck down with brain cancer, this was particularly devastating for him as it attacked his speech, the one thing he enjoyed doing the most.

I have had a couple of friends that have passed away with cervical and lymphoma cancer.

One of my students passed away from cancer while he was still at school, heartbreaking.

I hope this has helped. Thank you for the opportunity to help in some small way.

Jennifer, Watson ACT

Jennifer, Watson ACT

My beloved darling, Ross Eric Hughan, was given an extra five amazing years of life after being diagnosed with a very rare brain cancer. Those five years came from the cancer research that had already been done before his diagnosis.

I am participating in this study as a way of saying thank you for those five extra years that Ross enjoyed amongst us and for the miracle of the birth of his two children.

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Catherine, Baringhup VIC

Catherine, Baringhup VIC

I want to make a contribution to research into cancer.

A number of my close friends have suffered from a range of cancers and if any of this suffering could be avoided it would be a tremendous break through for them and their families and friends.

I'm fortunate to have reached 70 years of age in general good health and I hope in the smallest way my life experiences will assist researchers.

Susan, Safety Beach VIC

Susan, Safety Beach VIC

Having spent many hours in various cancer units at the bedside of my grandson and my sister,I observed how many people were affected by cancer - patients, families, extended families, and a vast medical/surgical team. To find a cause, treatment, cure, for this disease is imperative.

I am glad to participate in this study to help with research.

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