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ECU team awarded funding for cancer research

Tuesday, 03 February 2009

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Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young Australians, and a team of researchers at ECU is undertaking new research to prevent secondary tumours caused by melanomas.

The project, led by Associate Professor Melanie Ziman, has been funded through a $70,000 research grant from the Cancer Council of WA.

Professor Ziman's team have recently developed a blood test to detect when melanoma cells migrate into the blood stream.

The blood test has the potential to save thousands of lives through early detection.

The current research will determine what makes melanoma cells circulating in the blood switch to dangerous metastatic cells which can cause secondary tumours.

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