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A vulvar cancer cluster in young Indigenous women in Arnhem Land: investigation of community knowledge, genetic susceptibility and supportive care response

 

Overview

Menzies School of Health Research is conducting this research project to determine the cause of the epidemic of vulvar cancer in young Indigenous women living in remote Northern Territory (NT) communities. The research aims to investigate the regions of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) highlighted by genetic studies in order to identify the genetic variant or variants responsible for the increased incidence of vulvar cancer in communities and how they work.

The research team collaborates with health care providers, the NT Department of Health and other researchers Australia-wide, to identify this disease and improve preventive and treatment strategies and increase awareness of the problem.

The National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded the project a grant to continue for the period 2014-2016 which will include any new cases as they arise and new analytical methods.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research

Contacts

Rebekah McWhirter
Project Manager
Menzies School of Health Research
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196 (Reception)
Fax: (08) 8927 5187
Email: rebekah.mcwhirter@utas.edu.au

Related publications

McWhirter RE, Mununggirritj D, Marika D, Dickinson JL, Condon JR (2012)

Ethical genetic research in Indigenous communities: challenges and successful approaches.

Trends in Molecular Medicine; 18(12): 702–708

McGrath P, Rawson N (2013)

The experience of relocation for specialist treatment for Indigenous women diagnosed with vulvar cancer in East Arnhem Land.

Journal of Psychosocial Oncology; 31(5): 540-555

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Last updated: 6 February 2014
 
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