The Australasian Colorectal Cancer Family Registry

Ingrid Winship and Aung Ko Win
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11395
Published online: 5 November 2012

Reducing the impact of colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers in Australia, with a risk in people under the age of 75 years of one in 18 for men and one in 26 for women. Each year, about 15 000 Australians are diagnosed with CRC, and about 4000 die from it.1 the 5-year survival from CRC is 62%, which is considerably worse than, for example, breast cancer, which has a 5-year survival of 88%.2

  • Ingrid Winship1,2
  • Aung Ko Win3

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Centre for Molecular, Environmental, Genetic and Analytic Epidemiology, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Mebourne, VIC.



We thank the study coordinators, interviewers and data managers, the many clinicians and scientists, the national and international collaborators, and especially the participants for making the ACCFR and the CCFR a success. Special thanks and honour to the late Professor Jeremy Jass, visionary pathologist and original principal investigator (PI) of the ACCFR, and to Mark Jenkins and John Hopper who have also been PIs of the ACCFR.

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