Study To Examine Breast Cancer Cluster At Former ABC/Brisbane Site
October 29, 2007 at 5:38 AM (PT)
AUSTRALIA's NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION will study the breast cancer cluster at the former ABC RADIO BRISBANE studios in TOOWONG, with survivors set to take part in the A$200,000, two year project. 16 women in a decade were diagnosed with breast cancer after working at the building, despite not otherwise being ill or having a family history of the disease. The study will be conducted by researchers from QUEENSLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, QUEENSLAND INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL REDEARCH, and the UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND.
UQ Professor SUNIL LAKHANI told the ABC, "What we're trying to do is to see whether the breast cancers that arise in the women in the ABC cluster are in some way similar to each other, and, overall, collectively within that cohort, are different to the breast cancer that arise within the population. If that was the case, then we would have other evidence in terms of the pathology of the disease process that there was something different going on in the ABC cluster compared to the general population. So for instance we know that lung cancers that arise in smokers look very different to lung cancers that arise in non-smokers. So there we have one cause but different types of pathology and biology." She added that the study "It wouldn't necessarily give us a cause immediately but the pathology's the first phase. The second phase is doing the molecular analysis... if there is a difference between the cohort compared to the population, then that might give us a clue as to where to look for a possible cause."
The TOOWONG site was shut down about a year ago, with the ABC's BRISBANE operations scattered among several sites.