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A massive global study led by researchers at the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria has confirmed that the risk of developing breast cancer from some relatively rare genetic changes is similar to that from the more common BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

Research published this week in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology confirms that Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancers in the world but lacks in national reporting of the statistics.

Dr Aung Ko Win from the University of Melbourne, has been awarded the prestigious 2013 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research for his groundbreaking work on colorectal cancer.