Investing in Cancer Research

Australia

Prostate cancer will affect

16,665 families

in Australia this year.

Can Too has invested in

18 researchers

working on prostate cancer.

Can Too Cancer Research Pancreatic Cancer

Prostate cancer patients have

95% survival rate

thanks to cancer research.

What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer accounts for around 30% of all new cancers in men, with roughly one in five developing it before the ages of 85. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system and prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells in the prostate grow in an uncontrolled way. Treatment methods like prostatectomy or radiotherapy often result in reduced quality of life and non-invasive ways of detecting prostate cancer at present can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis, adding to the burden of stress on patients.

Can Too have supported 18 prostate research projects since 2005 such as Dr Jyostsna Batra who has identified genetic variations that predispose men to prostate cancer. These are involved in regulation of proteins encoded in a person’s DNA, which Jyotsna’s genetic research has identified as being promising therapeutic targets for new treatments for the disease. 

Jyotsna describes the support from the Can Too Foundation as “a boon. It’s given me the freedom to carry out novel and advanced research, which wouldn’t have been otherwise possible. The 2017 funding will allow me to take the lead from previous work and continue to progress to testing on patients.”

“To me research is ‘art’ and understanding science can be accomplished by engaging all your brain cells.”

—  Dr Jyotsna Batra, Prostate Cancer Researcher

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