More than 1500 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in South Australia this year.
Nationally, breast cancer will become the most diagnosed of all cancers in Australia in 2019, with more than 19,500 people diagnosed this year – that’s 53 people every day.
While more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before, more people are being diagnosed due to greater awareness and screening, hormonal factors and an ageing population.
The latest breast cancer research breakthroughs and clinical trials will be discussed this month when Australia’s largest oncology clinical trials research group, Breast Cancer Trials, holds its 41st Annual Scientific Meeting at Hilton Adelaide.
The July 24 – 26 conference will bring researchers and those involved in the conduct of clinical trials together to learn about recent advances in breast cancer research worldwide, share knowledge and research outcomes and plan for new clinical trials.
“Adelaide is a fantastic location and we’re looking forward to bringing some of the best researchers from Australia and overseas to this wonderful city, to discuss the latest developments in breast cancer research,” said Breast Cancer Trials CEO Dr Soozy Smith.
Breast Cancer Trials (BCT) will host a free public Q&A event on the opening night of the conference, which will be moderated by the founder of Mamamia and former magazine editor of Dolly, Cosmopolitan and Cleo, Mia Freedman.
The Q&A will feature a panel of national and international breast cancer experts and clinical trial participants, who will answer questions about and discuss current research and trials, research trends and what we can expert in breast cancer research in the future. The event will be held in Elder Hall at the University of Adelaide from 6-7.30pm on July Wednesday, July 24.
Public events like the Q&A give the public a chance to find out more about clinical trials and how research has contributed to falling breast cancer mortality rates and a 20 per cent improvement in survival rates over the past two decades.
Clinical trials research is necessary to find new and better treatments and prevention strategies for breast cancer.
Natasha Eaton (pictured) was a participant in a POEMS clinical trial that helped to protect pre-menopausal women’s fertility during their breast cancer treatment. It is because of her participation in the POEMS clinical trial that she was able to have her son Jack. It also means young women across Australia who have experienced cancer can start families of their own.
“The upside of this clinical trial is, 10 years on, the treatment is now available for all women going through any type of cancer” she said.
BCT has been conducting clinical trials research for more than 40 years and the results have improved the treatment of the disease, leading to changes in breast cancer management that has saved millions of lives through research collaboration.
The research program brings together about 800 researchers in 102 institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand. More than 15,700 women have participated in BCT clinical trials.
To find out more about BCT, any of their current trials, or if you would like to support this important research, visit www.breastcancertrials.org.au.
Click here to register for the Breast Cancer Trials Q&A Event – Directions in Breast Cancer Research: Ask the Experts.
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