kConFab Follow-Up Project: A Prospective Study of Non-Genetic Risk Modifiers in Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer [ 2007 - 2009 ]

Also known as: How can the risk of breast cancer be reduced in those with a strong family history of the disease?

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Researchers: Prof Kelly-Anne Phillips (Principal investigator) ,  Prof John Hopper Prof Mark Jenkins A/Pr Sue-Anne Mclachlan A/Pr Roger Milne
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Brief description Having a strong family history for breast cancer is one of the most important risk factors for the disease. Two major genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, have been identified which, when abnormal, result in an inherited tendency towards developing breast cancer. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer can undergo testing for these genes via Family Cancer Centres around Australia. However in only about 20% of families with a strong family history will a gene abnormality be discovered. Women from families in which no abnormality has been discovered remian at high risk because they may have an abnormality in an as yet undiscovered gene which can't yet be tested for. Little is currently known bout the best ways to prevent cancer in women who are at high risk. The Kathleen Cuningham Consortium for Research Into Familial Aspects of Breast Cancer (kConFab) has been recruiting families with exceptionally strong hostories of breast cancer since 1997. kConFab is funded to collect risk factor information on such individuals only at the time of their initial recruitment. In 2000 and again in 2003, the NHMRC recognised the importance of undertaking clinical follow-up of this precious cohort of individuals and provided funding through consecutive project grants to do so. The current application is to enable us to continue that follow-up for a further 5 years. As well as continuing the follow-up, we will use the data already collected to examine the effect of prophylactic surgery, breastfeeding and use of the oral contraceptive pill as well as cigarette smoking and alcohol use on breast cancer risk in high-risk women. The results of this study will provide high-risk women with better information about what modifications they might make to their lifestyles to reduce their cancer risk.

Funding Amount $AUD 726,351.76

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

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