Cancer is killing 109 people in Australia every day according to the most recent Government statistics. But AICR is playing a key role in helping world-class scientists from Queensland to Victoria work towards a more hopeful future.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) figures for 2007 show a total of 39,884 people died from cancer that year alone. Lung cancer claims the lives of more Australians than any other type of the disease, while prostate, bowel, breast and melanoma of the skin, are also in the top five most commonly diagnosed cancers.
However, according to AIHW, the relative survival rates for both men and women in the country are increasing - from 41% for men in the period 1982 to 1986, to 58% for the period 1998 to 2004 and from 53% to 64%, over the same time, for women.
The £5.5 million provided by AICR over the past two decades is helping to make a real difference.
Thanks to AICR, some 43 projects, ranging from fundamental research to the investigation of a possible link between obesity, cholesterol and prostate cancer, have been taken forward.
Right now, 13 of the country's most promising scientists and their teams are using their grants – often of more than £200,000 – in the fight against Australia's biggest killer.
Cancers of the breast, stomach, prostate and skin, along with research into how cancer spreads and what causes tumours to develop, are currently under the microscope due to the financial backing from AICR, the leading charity funding cancer research anywhere in the world.
Said AICR Scientific Co-Ordinator Dr Mark Matfield: “At AICR, we simply want to fund the best cancer research in the world, because we believe that cancer is a world-wide problem that will need a world-wide effort if we are going to beat it. There are many excellent scientists in Australia, doing world-class research into cancer, so we are really pleased when they approach us for funding. This is the sort of research that is going to save lives in years to come.”