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World Cancer Day 2020

Tuesday 04 February 2020

World Cancer Day 2020

February 4th marks World Cancer Day, and is recognised as a global uniting initiative to raise awareness, improve education and inspire collective action to work together to re-imagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved as access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all. This year's theme, I Am And I Will, is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

The PA Hospital treats thousands of cancer patients every year, and is uniquely positioned, as the only hospital in the Southern Hemisphere with a leading tertiary public hospital, world-class research institute, clinical research facility and bio pharmaceutical lab all co-located on the same campus, allowing cancer research to be translated into real life outcomes for patients, at the PA Hospital and beyond.

As the PA Hospital's primary fundraising body, PA Research Foundation is proud to celebrate its long history of funding innovative, lifesaving cancer research and improving outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps most notably, PARF provided seed funding to Professor Ian Frazer in his early research that led to the discovery of the cervical cancer vaccine, Gardasil. Now available in over 120 countries, the Gardasil vaccine has saved millions of lives around the world and has put Australia on track to eliminate cervical cancer entirely.

In 2020, we continue our legacy, providing funding to several early-stage research projects in the areas of breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, cancer-related fatigue and head and neck cancer. We are hopeful that this important research will lead to breakthroughs and discoveries to help improve outcomes for people affected by cancer.

Read more about, and support our 2020 funded cancer research projects here.