Over 40 and vegan? Help cancer research

19 Nov 2016

The Cancer Council of Victoria is currently seeking participants for a national research study examining how our genes, lifestyle, and environment contribute to our risk of developing cancer. Part of the study is looking into the effects of diet on the risk of developing cancer. The Australian Breakthrough Cancer (ABC) study is seeking a total of 50,000 volunteers and, as at the time of writing, they are close to reaching their halfway mark of 25,000.

Would you like to take part in the ABC study? It represents a key opportunity to scientifically explore the role of a whole food plant based diet in the context of cancer prevention.

What is required of you?

  1. The completion of an online questionnaire, which should take 45-60 minutes, and can be done in stages.
  2. The provision of a saliva sample. A saliva kit will be posted to you, together with a reply-paid envelope for returning the sample.
  3. A very small number of participants (10-20%) will be asked to also provide a blood sample.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Australian residency
  • aged 40-74 years
  • no current or previous diagnosis of cancer (apart from the common skin cancers, small cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma)

There is already good evidence that a whole food plant based diet is effective in reducing the risk of some cancers. For example, a recent report published in the Nutrition Journal, Dairy products intake and cancer mortality risk: a meta-analysis of 11 population-based cohort studies, links dairy products with increased prostate cancer mortality.

The ABC study welcomes supporters of Vegan Australia to participate. Vegan Australia encourages your participation, to ensure this important study has a good representation of people eating a whole food plant based diet. This is your exciting opportunity to contribute to the ever growing evidence of the healthful effects of this diet.

For further information about the study, and/or to register your interest, visit

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Vegan Australia is an animal rights organisation that campaigns nationally for veganism. 
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