The Daffodil Centre welcomes the appointment of ovarian cancer research stream lead Professor Anna de Fazio AM as a Member of the Order of Australia, announced in last week’s Australia Day Honours.
Daffodil Centre Director, Professor Karen Canfell, said recognition of Professor de Fazio highlighted an outstanding contribution to ovarian cancer research and cancer research more broadly.
“While ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any cancer that affects women only, outcomes are steadily improving, and Daffodil Centre research published last year predicts mortality rates will fall by a further 26% over the next 20 to 25 years,” Professor Canfell said.
“Improved care pathways and targeting of effective treatments to those who benefit most has been a key to reducing mortality rates, and Anna has been at the forefront of research driving these outcomes throughout a stellar career.
“Anna’s ongoing contribution will be crucial to collecting new evidence to inform policy and practice that further improves outcomes for people affected by ovarian cancer.
“We congratulate Anna and look forward to continuing our work in ovarian cancer research with Anna’s excellent leadership.”
Professor de Fazio was appointed to the Order of Australia for “significant service to medicine, particularly cancer research”.