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Improving and changing lives through research; for women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer.

Each day in Australia, approximately 18 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer and five women die from the disease. One in 20 Australian women will develop a gynaecological cancer during her life. Gynaecological cancer affects women of all ages — mothers, wives, daughters and sisters alike. The Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer Research (QCGC Research) is a research unit based at The University of Queensland. Its mission is to research and develop the best standard of care for women experiencing gynaecological cancer.

It does this by:

  • focusing its research efforts on finding causes for gynaecological cancer;
  • preventing gynaecological cancer; and
  • identifying more effective treatment options.

Through research, QCGC gives hope to women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer now and in the future.

Impact of gynaecological cancer on women

  • Approx 6,600 Australian women were diagnosed with gynaecological cancer in 2020
  • Just over 2,000 Australia women with gynaecological cancer died from the disease in 2020
  • Women have a 1 in 20 chance of being diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer before their 85th birthday
  • Gynaecological cancer encompasses a variety of cancers: ovarian, cervical, uterine,
vulval and vaginal

Things we know about gynaecological cancer

  • Endometrial (uterine) cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer diagnosed in Australian women — standard treatment includes a full hysterectomy
  • There is no screening test for ovarian cancer and symptoms can be vague and similar to other common conditions. Trust your instincts — no one knows your body like you do!
  • Cervical cancer is more common among women who don’t have regular Cervical 
Screening Tests
  • Women who have had cervical cancer or pre-cervical cancer in the past are more likely 
to get vaginal cancer — it is the least common gynaecological cancer
  • Approx 400 Australian women were diagnosed with vulval cancer in 2020

Research is the key to learning more about gynaecological cancers so we can diagnose it earlier, treat it more effectively and eventually cure it.