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Australian Centre for Precision Health

Population health research to improve the future of health

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Identifying factors which influence cancer risk, survival and survivorship

Research indicates modifiable lifestyle factors impact cancer risk, as well as quality of life and survival in people diagnosed with cancer. The overall aim of this research is to investigate the role that lifestyle factors play in the risk and management of chronic diseases, particularly cancer. Our main focus is to improve understanding of the influence of active and sedentary behaviours on cancer risk, cancer survival and cancer survivorship.

The overall aim of this research is to investigate the role that lifestyle factors play in the risk and management of chronic diseases, particularly cancer. Our main focus is to improve wider understanding of the influence of active and sedentary behaviours on cancer risk, cancer survival and cancer survivorship.

This is achieved by:

  • using accelerometers to obtain more precise and detailed measures of sedentary and active behaviours
  • utilising novel methods which take the interdependent nature of these behaviours into account
  • employing causal inference methods to provide stronger evidence for the health benefits of physical activity and/or
  • working with national and international researchers to combine datasets, thus allowing more specific research questions to be asked.

Current research projects