Early liver cancer detection can save lives

Early liver cancer detection can save lives

By supporting our 2018 Autumn Appeal you will be assisting in the development of a formal screening program for liver cancer.

Currently there is no formal screening for liver cancer in Australia and many patients are diagnosed late in the progression of the disease.

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Around 2,000 new cases of liver cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year. While 68 per cent of people diagnosed with cancer in Australia are still alive five years later, this prognosis is very different for those diagnosed with liver cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of less than 20 per cent.

For people at high risk of liver cancer, six-monthly health checks are recommended but this rarely occurs. As a result, many patients are diagnosed late in the progression, limiting treatment options and survival rates.

As incidence of liver cancer in the population is set to increase, Menzies health economist Dr Barbara de Graaff and her team propose research to develop a more streamlined approach to targeted screening for liver cancer. By working with patient groups, clinicians and researchers, the team will assess an innovative approach to increase the rate of early detection of liver cancer in Tasmania.

We have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of people with liver cancer and to improve its early detection. Please consider a gift today, no matter what size, to support this research.