Finding the Genetic Basis of Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is diagnosed in more than 1500 women in Australia every year, yet we still are unable to identify those at risk, or target treatments appropriately for women already diagnosed. Understanding the genetics of ovarian cancer could hold the key.

Led by Professor Susan Ramus of the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, the Ovarian Tumour Tissue Analysis consortium is performing genetic profiling more than 10,000 ovarian tumours.

This work will help to find new ways of diagnosing cancers early enough to be able to cure them, and will identify new genes beyond BRCA that are implicated in ovarian cancer.

It may also lead to screening to identify women at risk of ovarian cancer before they develop the disease, enabling them to take preventive measures.