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World Cancer Day—an important message from Mater Researcher

World Cancer Day—an important message from Mater Researcher

Today (Sunday 4 February), is World Cancer Day and Mater Researcher Dr Patricia Carreira is calling on Queenslanders to help raise funds for life-changing research, such as a study targeting ‘mobile DNA’ and its links to the spread of breast cancer.

Only a month out from the annual RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run (Sunday 4 March), supporting Mater Chicks in Pink, Dr Carreira said that already more than 7000 women and their families and friends had banded together with the aim to raise $620 000 for vital breast cancer research and services. 

“But we need more help to fight this devastating disease,” she said. 

Dr Carreira said breast cancer continued to be the most common cancer in Australian women with more than 17 000 women diagnosed last year alone.*  

“Currently, about six to 10 per cent of new cancers are very serious and are what we call metastatic—meaning cancer cells spread to other parts of the body—and often to a woman’s bones, liver, lung and/or brain,” she said.

“Once the cancer spreads it can be difficult to control and up to 30 per cent of patients will have their cancer metastasise or recur after treatment.”

Dr Carreira said research was the most important tool we had in the fight against breast cancer. 

“Community support at events such as RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run goes a long way to help fund incredible advances that can change lives,” she said. 

Dr Carreira’s Breast Cancer Progression and Development Study, being undertaken at Mater’s world-class research institute, aims to identify which breast cancer tumours are more likely to spread and how to best treat these tumours from early diagnosis.

Sign up to RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run and fundraise to support researchers like Dr Carreira continue their great work in the fight against breast cancer. Click here for more information. 

*Source: http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129558547