Lifestyle and breast cancer
Professor Graeme Giles has been funded by the National Breast
Cancer Foundation to study a group of 24,500 women and determine
the impact of lifestyle factors and breast cancer risk.
Professor Giles wants to find out to what extent it is possible
to prevent breast cancer by altering diet and other aspects
of lifestyle, either via changes to breast density or by directly
affecting cancer progression.
Despite decades of research, the preventable causes of breast
cancer remain elusive. This prospective research project has
been designed deliberately to increase the power to examine
lifestyle factors, such as diet, by selecting women from cultural
groups that differ not only in lifestyle but also in risk
of breast cancer.
The most important outcomes of this work will be:
- the identification of lifestyle
factors that are
associated with the risk of developing breast cancer so
as to be able to develop preventable strategies to alter
the rate of progression
- the findings from this study will provide Australian women
with local information on the
causes of breast cancer
that they can use to attempt to alter their risk.
We are building on to this research program further studies
of hormones and growth factors and common variations in genes
involved in making and unmaking these molecules.