Research into the causes of cancer and the evaluation of screening for cancer is undertaken. We have undertaken nationwide investigations into the causes of cancer of the colon, rectum, and prostate and, with colleagues, cancer of the breast, lung, head and neck and melanoma in New Zealand. In addition, using the latest techniques, we are developing methods to predict an individual’s risk for various cancers. We also have extensive experience in the evaluation and monitoring of screening programmes including the national breast and cervical screening programmes. We continue to assess the effect of these programmes and screening for other cancers on cancer incidence and mortality. We are currently assessing the relative resource use and impact of one-off flexible sigmoidoscopy screening compared to the less effective faecal occult blood test being proposed for screening for bowel cancer. The Unit was heavily involved in the development of the New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and with our international scientific advisors, our continuing collaborations with international experts, and our representation in the International Cancer Screening Network and the International Lung Cancer Consortium we continue to contribute to the latest developments in cancer control.
Associate Professor Brian Cox
Hugh Adam Cancer Epidemiology Unit
Department of Preventive and Social Medicine
PO Box 913
Tel 64 3 479 7213
Fax 64 3 479 7164