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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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Elizabeth, Adelaide SA

Elizabeth, Adelaide SA

In August 1991, a very dear and close friend was diagnosed with lung cancer. She was an extremely fit person, played a mean squash game, and only smoked the occasional cigarette, mainly during her 20's. Her cancer had travelled so quickly through her body and she passed in December of the same year, aged 45. Her family and friends were devastated.

Also, my beloved mother passed aged 86, from bowel cancer in 1998. I strongly believe that whatever information the general public can provide to your organisation is vital.

Elisabeth, Kingaroy QLD

Elisabeth, Kingaroy QLD

My father died of stomach cancer my uncle died of bladder cancer my two sisters have both had cancer cells removed from the uterus and so did my daughter so by doing this study hopefully they will find some kind of link and cure for future generations.

Stuart, Alexandra VIC

Stuart, Alexandra VIC

I have lost my Father, 2 Uncles and a Aunt to 3 different types of cancer and know all too well that it can hit anyone at any time, So i want to do my part to help stop others from having to go through what our family and too many others have.

The Cancer Council does such an amazing job and i support them in any way i can and hope they get more Men to sign up, So come on Guy's man up and sign up.

Julie, Reservoir VIC

Julie, Reservoir VIC

Like many other stories I have read on this site I have been affected by the death of family and friends from cancer including my father, uncle, cousin and grandmother.

I studied Health Information Management at University which has involved studies in the collection and management of health data for research as well as for treatment.

For me, my motivation to participate is two fold, a personal and professional interest.

Dale, Macleod VIC

Dale, Macleod VIC

Being fortunate enough at 60 years of age not to have been diagnosed I figured why not?

If the outcome of this research helps save a life then it'll be worth it.

Annette, Adelaide SA

Annette, Adelaide SA

We have all been touched by cancer.....I dont think there is a single person out there who doesnt know someone (family member or friend) who has had a form of it.

I have lost family & friends alike and I have supported some still surviving to me, this simple survey was such a tiny way that I could help.

After all, if you know your enemy, you can defeat it!

My hope for my sons & in the future grandchildrens lifetimes we can look back at cancer and say "that used to be a problem, but not anymore"

Di, Perth WA

Di, Perth WA

My husband had been unwell for a very short time and suddenly discovered he had a brain tumour; it hit us like a bolt out of the blue - especially when, post surgical removal, we discovered he had the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

There is no cure for brain cancer and for his particular type the average life-expectancy post-diagnosis is about 14 months.

He passed away 8 months after the tumour was discovered, and I joined this study to help find a cure, or at least to prolong life-expectancy.

Alan, Adelaide SA

Alan, Adelaide SA

Many of my colleagues in my industry have either had cancer or know a colleague, friend or relative with cancer.

One of my good mates died of a brain tumour, my best mate had prostate cancer, his wife had breast cancer and my brother had bladder cancer. At the moment they are free of cancer and recovering, thankfully.

Cancer is an insidious disease and affects so many (and their family & friends).

Anything we can do to help find a cure is worthwhile.

Sylvia, Canberra ACT

Sylvia, Canberra ACT

Next year, touch wood, my son and my husband will be 10 year survivors of testicular and bowel cancer.

My little sister died of metastatic breast cancer 2 years ago.

Another sister was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Every one of my four sisters-in-law have had at least one cancer diagnosis: two with breast cancer; one with Hodgkins Lymphoma and one with Leukaemia.

Enough.

I owe it to my family, especially my grandchildren, to help find out why.

Vanessa, Melbourne VIC

Vanessa, Melbourne VIC

I joined the study because I wanted to give researchers the data they need to find a cure for cancer.

My daughter had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 10. A sibling bone marrow transplant followed a year later after relapsing.

I can't believe this was 12 years ago next month. Truly a miracle for our family.

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