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Hub 1: Optimising prevention, screening and early detection of cancer

The Daffodil Centre has world-leading public health researchers with expertise in population-level approaches to cancer control. Research is focused on optimising and strengthening approaches to cancer prevention, screening and early detection in Australia and globally, ultimately saving more lives.

Our policy- and practice-driven research uses world-leading modelling, epidemiology and population trial approaches to inform short, medium and long-term action across all interventions in cancer control.

Our researchers are working on:

  • Eliminating cervical cancer as a public health issue in Australia, the region, and globally
  • Optimising screening, detection, and surveillance for breast cancer in Australia
  • Improving melanoma prevention and early detection in Australia
  • Evaluating new strategies for screening for colorectal cancer in Australia and other low-, middle- and high-income countries, and evaluation of strategies to increase participation in Australia.
  • Evaluating new approaches to testing and surveillance for prostate cancer
  • Evaluating new strategies for tobacco control and lung cancer screening in Australia and in other high-income countries
  • Optimising liver cancer control in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Modelling the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer prevention, screening and outcomes
  • Conducting epidemiological evaluations of cancer risk factors including alcohol consumption, smoking, use of opioids, physical activity and body mass index.

Streams of work connected to this hub

Breast Cancer Policy and Evaluation

This stream of work is building evidence on the benefits, potential harms and costs of different approaches to optimise early detection and treatment of breast cancer and ultimately save more lives.

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Cervical Cancer and HPV

This stream has helped to lead the global agenda on cervical cancer elimination and made a significant contribution to both national and international policy development for cervical cancer control.

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Genomics and Precision Health

Integrating individual and population-level genomic, lifestyle, and medical information for successful precision health: tailoring the right intervention and support to the right population at the right time.

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Lung Cancer Policy and Evaluation

This stream is providing an evidence base for improving and sustaining tobacco control, optimising and implementing lung cancer screening, identifying effective and cost-effective lung cancer therapies, and ensuring equity in lung cancer care. 

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Mathematical Modelling

Mathematical modelling plays an increasingly important role in cancer control by helping to identify the most impactful and cost-effective ways to reduce the burden of cancer at a population level.

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Melanoma and Skin Cancer

This multidisciplinary research stream works across the skin cancer control continuum including aetiology, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

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Prostate Cancer

This stream is investigating all aspects of prostate cancer detection and patient care, including testing, active surveillance for men at risk and survivorship for men living with a diagnosis.

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Research Methods

The stream provides analytical, methodological and systematic literature review expertise across the Daffodil Centre’s four research hubs.

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Tobacco Behaviour Change and Implementation

Smoking is the most important preventable risk factor for ill health in Australia, with over 9% of Australians still smoking. Nearly two in three smokers will die prematurely because of their smoking with the harms associated with smoking inequitably distributed in the population.

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