"Did you know that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85? Over the past 2 to 3 decades, extensive research has been conducted on common cancers, increasing our understanding of their causes and improving survival. Now is the time to focus on the less common cancers, because they account for over half of all cancer deaths in Victoria and we have not forgotten the thousands of lives that are affected by them every year.

Cancer Council Victoria believes it’s now time to improve our understanding of these cancers and their causes so we can be in a better position to prevent them and support people who get them in the future. And to do so, we need you."

- Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria


The Forgotten Cancers Project has now concluded its recruitment phase and is no longer seeking participants. On behalf of the FCP team and Cancer Council Victoria we would like to thank everybody who has participated and supported the Project over the last 5 years!

Please stay tuned to our website for further updates.

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The Forgotten Cancers Project has already developed a valuable data resource, with over 3,858 participants completing the study questionnaires, 3,755 providing saliva samples.

We have begun collaborating with other researchers both in Australia and overseas, including contributing data to US-based National Cancer Institute consortiums the Pancreatic Cancer Cohort Consortium and the International Lymphoma Epidemiology Consortium.

Research takes time however we hope that by better understanding the causes of less common cancers we can improve the prevention and treatment of these diseases in the future.

Prof Graham Giles

Watch an interview with the Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Centre, Prof Graham Giles about The Forgotten Cancers Project.