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Date posted: 28 August 2014
Some of the country's leading authorities on cancer and cancer survivors themselves descended on the Lowitja Institute in Melbourne yesterday for the Breast Cancer Research Roundtable.
Hosted by the National Indigenous Cancer Network (NiCan) and the Menzies School of Health Research, the roundtable brought together over 40 researchers, health providers, health professionals, cancer survivors and consumers.
Menzies Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor Gail Garvey, said the event hopes to maximise the impact of current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander breast cancer research through identifying research priorities and collaborative research effort.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The Indigenous breast cancer incidence rate is lower than among the non-Indigenous population (82 compared to 104 per 100,000). However, despite this Indigenous women are more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Indigenous women (28% compared to 21%).
Source: Menzies School of Health Research