Open Williamstown is an annual fundraiser, properties around Williamstown not usually open to the public are open to anyone who buys a ticket. All profits raised through Open Williamstown are donated to Cancer Councils, Forgotten Cancers Project.
About the Project
"Did you know that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85? Over the past 2 to 3 decades, extensive research has been conducted on common cancers , increasing our understanding of their causes and improving survival. Now is the time to focus on the less common cancers , because they account for over half of all cancer deaths in Victoria and we have not forgotten the thousands of lives that are affected by them every year.
Cancer Council Victoria believes it’s now time to improve our understanding of these cancers and their causes so we can be in a better position to prevent them and support people who get them in the future.
And to do so, we need you."
- Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria
The Forgotten Cancers Project
The Project aims to understand the causes of less common cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, kidney, bladder, stomach, brain, liver, oesophageal, pancreatic, endometrial/uterine, thyroid, gallbladder, small intestine, bone and other rare cancers as relatively little is known about them.
By studying the roles of genes, lifestyle and early life environment the research is seeking to understand why people develop these cancers, to be in a better position to improve the prevention and treatment of these diseases in the future.
The Forgotten Cancers Project is run by Cancer Council Victoria, as part of a consortium including hospitals, universities and research institutions both in Australia and overseas. The chief investigator is Professor Graham Giles, Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Centre at Cancer Council Victoria.
The conduct of The Forgotten Cancers Project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Cancer Council Victoria .
Donate to support the Forgotten Cancer's Research Fund
Your donation will assist to support Cancer Council Victoria’s research into less common cancers which is seeking to understand why people develop these cancers and improve the prevention and treatment of these diseases in the future.