Speaker: Professor David Roder, Research Chair in Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian Centre for Precision Health, Cancer Research Institute, University of South Australia
Title: Colorectal cancer incidence, treatment, mortality and survival in Australia: A global and national overview
Chair: Associate Professor Joanne Young, Chief Medical Scientist, Solid Tumour Group, Department of Medical Oncology, Level 1, BHI TQEH.
Speaker biography: Cancer is the leading cause of premature death in Australia. The Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health Research Group at the University of South Australia are working to translate research evidence into health practice and better outcomes for cancer patients in Australia. The Research Group is working to increase patient survivals, prevent cancer and improve care for the many thousands of Australians affected by cancer each year. Working with SAHMRI as Chair of the Cancer Research, Beat Cancer Project, Professor David Roder leads a team of researchers who are examining cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in the Australian population. Prof Roder is currently involved in high profile research projects in breast and bowel cancer, including projects for measuring the benefits of breast cancer screening in reducing women’s risks of breast cancer death, and for exploring possible downsides of screening, including generating anxiety and the potential for over-diagnosis. Prof Roder is working with Professor Alex Brown, and a predominantly Aboriginal steering group, the Aboriginal Health Council, and colleagues from the University of South Australia, SAHMRI and Cancer Council SA in developing an advanced cancer monitoring system for strengthening the early detection and treatment of Aboriginal people with cancer in SA. The work undertaken through the Cancer Epidemiology and Population Health Research Group informs a range of national and international governments, health bodies and NGOs on cancer policy, including the World Health Organization, Australian Cancer Councils, and cancer organizations in the Asia Pacific Region [taken from UniSA website].