New research shows gene fault adds to melanoma risk

An international research project co-funded by Cancer Council Queensland has identified a gene mutation that puts people at an extremely high risk of developing melanoma. The research team, including scientists from QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, found mutations in the POT1 gene caused a hereditary form of melanoma. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Kim Ryan said…

Ipswich Relay For Life postponed due to weather

Important Information Cancer Council Queensland’s Ipswich Relay For Life, set to be held this weekend at Jim Finimore Oval, has been postponed due to heavy rain and flooding in the region. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the 18-hour overnight event will be postponed until further notice. “Due to flooding at the Oval, it’s…

Plain-packs may prompt Aussies to quit

New research suggests plain packaging is prompting Australians to quit smoking, with reports of a spike in calls to Quitline following the introduction of the world-first law.   The research*, published in The Medical Journal of Australia this week, shows a 78 per cent increase in weekly calls to Quitline coinciding with the introduction of…

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