Cancer is a malignant growth that invades the body, destroying healthy tissue, and may spread to other sites via lymph nodes or through blood circulation. Most cancers originate from a tumour, but a few, such as leukaemia and other blood cancers, do not. Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia, with one in two men and one in three women diagnosed before the age of 85. The most common cancers in Australia are prostate, bowel, breast, skin and lung cancer. Most cancers are caused by genetic abnormalities in the cells. Menzies researchers are investigating methods for the prevention, treatment and cure of many types of cancers.
This disease is being researched in the following projects: