Your Stories

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.

Have you signed up for the ABC Study? We'd love to hear your story.

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Dennis, Hoppers Crossing VIC

Dennis, Hoppers Crossing VIC

Apart from my wife having worked at the Cancer Council, and saying they were a great bunch of people to work with.

I believe that people need to put their hand up and assist where ever possible to better understand and help find a cure for cancer.

With both parents and a brother diagnosed with cancer and my unique health issues I wanted to assist in anyway possible.

Sue-Anne, NSW

Sue-Anne, Saratoga NSW

I come from a large family which has seen a lot of different cancers.

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and she had a mastectomy.

Our father passed away 4 years later and then we found out her cancer had returned in her bones and lungs. Mum passed away just 3 weeks later.

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Carole, Melbourne

Carole, Melbourne VIC

In early 2011 our family was dealt a blow, my brother in law was diagnosed with lung cancer with secondary brain cancer and underwent treatment. No one knew what to do, we were shattered.

Forward to late 2011. A further 3 members of my family were diagnosed.

Why did I join this study? Our story is why. Everyone's story is why. Maybe one day my little part in this study can help make a difference and we will be closer to the successful treatment of cancer.

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Rachel, Location

Rachel, QLD

Like many of us, I have several family members who have been diagnosed with cancer. Both my sister and brother were diagnosed and passed away from the disease, leaving children and other family behind.

I often think: what if it didn’t have to be like this? What if we could do something to better understand cancer?

That’s why my mother and I took part in the Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study and I am asking you to do the same.

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Peter, Location

Peter, Elwood VIC

Like most people my age, I have a number of friends and family who have been affected by one of the many forms of cancer. My mother survived breast cancer, a close friend recently died after seven years battling multiple myeloma. Involvement in studies and donating helps to reduce the impact of cancer on those affected by it.

For me, participating in the ABC study is an easy way to help others. When the call came out for study participants I thought "why not?".

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Katrina, Location

Katrina, Portarlington VIC

I decided to register for the ABC Study to help be a part of finding a cure.

Due to my mum having ovarian cancer and there not being an early detection test, any help to find the causes means a lot.

It's not easy being close to cancer and to be a part of a study to help fight and cure cancer I feel it's another way I can honour my Mum.

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