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With one in two people developing cancer in their lifetime, the devastating effects of this disease can be felt in every Australian community. Almost 12,000 Western Australians are diagnosed with cancer every year – young and old, women and men – and it remains a leading cause of death in W.A., accounting for around three in every ten deaths. Despite medical research delivering major improvements in survival rates for many cancers, as well as improved diagnostics and preventative measures, there are still subsets of cancer for which there are no treatments or very poor survival rates. The Perkins is focused on these deadly cancers and those that have a particular relevance for West Australians. Our pioneering teams are working to find new and better ways to treat this terrible disease, improve diagnostics and supercharge our immune system in the fight against cancer.


Liver cancer


Breast cancer

Ovarian cancer

Pancreatic cancer

Prostate cancer

Bone cancer (Sarcoma)

Bowel cancer

Head and neck cancer


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Insights from “Let’s Talk About the Australian Cancer”

A special Perkins Community Q&A, "Let's Talk About the Australian Cancer", was presented to a full (covid-safe) auditorium and streamed on Facebook Live 10th March 2021. This panel discussion led…

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Your help brings international experts to Perth

If you’re ever facing a devastating disease diagnosis, you’ll want the best medical care possible and access to the best scientific minds in your home State, working with local doctors…

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