What's involved

Participant information

This information provides details about taking part in the ABC Study.


Online questionnaires

Complete online questionnaires about the history of cancer in your family, your health, lifestyle, and diet.


Saliva samples

You will need to provide a saliva sample for DNA analysis. A saliva kit will be posted to you and returned by reply paid post. For more information, including an instructional video, click here.


Blood samplesBlood samples

A small number of participants may also be asked to provide a blood sample at a local pathology service. The DNA from your saliva and blood samples will be used to investigate the role of genetics in disease. Collecting blood will also allow us to examine circulating hormones, vitamins and minerals.


Waist and hip measurement

Participants were sent a tape measure to measure waist and hips. This can then need to be recorded in the questionnaire. View the instructional video here.


Health related records

The ABC Study aims to follow the health of participants over many years to see whether genetic makeup, lifestyle and environment affect the development of diseases. To do this, with your permission, we will periodically access health related information about you. The sources of the information will include:

  • Cancer Registry records in your state, the Australian Cancer Database and the National Death Index.
  • Hospital records and other health databases, both public and private.

The study has been approved by, and is overseen by, Cancer Council Victoria’s Human Research Ethics Committee. Cancer Council Victoria strictly adheres to confidentiality and privacy legislation. 
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Contact Us


1800 688 419



Cancer Epidemiology & Intelligence Division
Cancer Council Victoria
615 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004, Australia