Breast cancer

Approximately 20,000 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is estimated to affect 1 in 15 people under the age of 85.


Our researchers are discovering how and why breast cancers start. This is helping to advance better treatments for breast cancer.

Our breast cancer research

Our breast cancer research focuses on:

  • Revealing the link between breast stem cells, breast development and breast cancer.
  • Discovering how the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone are linked to increased breast cancer risk.
  • Testing the effectiveness of new anti-cancer medications in treating breast cancer, using patient samples and laboratory models.
  • Leading clinical trials aimed at improving treatments for breast cancer and breast cancer prevention.
  • Developing new ways to match breast cancer patients to the best treatment for their disease.
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