Aetiological research

Aetiological research concerns the investigation of causes of disease (or other health outcomes) and often includes identifying people at increased risk of developing disease or of having poorer outcomes.

The aetiological research theme at the National Cancer Registry encompasses the following areas:

  • investigation of risk factors for cancer development, in order to inform the development of strategies for prevention;
  • investigation of associations between commonly-prescribed medications and cancer development, progression and survival;
  • evaluation of patient-reported outcomes among cancer survivors (such as health-related quality-of-life, functional status, psychological wellbeing) and identification of risk factors for poorer outcomes.

For a full list of our aetiological research projects, please view our Research directory and search by research theme.

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