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Welcome to our 7th annual Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) Study newsletter. You joined the ABC Study by registering online at The ABC Study is a long-term cohort study started in 2014 to investigate the causes of cancer and other diseases. The information that you provide will help us gain a better understanding of the role that our genes, lifestyle and environment play in the development of cancer and other diseases.

In this newsletter we tell you about the study’s progress, explain the importance to the study of collecting a blood sample from you, share some recent presentations, and tell you about a new pilot study of sleep health that will be conducted within the ABC Study.

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Study Progress

The first wave of follow-up (Follow-up 1) started in 2019 and all invitations to participate have now been sent.

If you still need to complete the questionnaires or provide a poo or blood sample, please do so as soon as possible by logging in to the ABC Study website.

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Why we collect blood in the ABC Study

Why we collect blood in the ABC Study

In the ABC Study we are collecting blood samples (in addition to saliva samples) because they provide important additional research possibilities.

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World Epidemiology Congress presentations

ABC Study Principal Investigator Dr Fiona Bruinsma gave two presentations on the ABC Study at the recent World Epidemiology Congress, which was held online in September 2021. You can listen to these presentations by clicking the links:

Use of Facebook to recruit research participants.

A pilot study of faecal sample collection from prospective cohort study participants

ABC sleep study

ABC sleep study

Sleep is one of the three pillars of health (along with nutrition and exercise), and it is vital to our well-being and longevity. However, sleep remains one of the more mysterious aspects of human health and wellbeing.

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