ACARCinom will be the first Australia-wide registry of animal and complementary human cancers that will generate a sustainable, unified, integrated and accessible data asset for identifying patterns and trends in animal and human cancers, as well as quantifying the role of predisposing risk factors.
Cancer is a major cause of death in animal and human populations. Availability of cancer data is necessary to advance clinical and epidemiological evidence towards monitoring and evaluating the efficacy of current treatment programs and help drive research and development of intervention priorities. While cancer registries are commonplace in human medicine, veterinary cancer registries have been sporadic, short-lived and uncoordinated. This project will make available a national data asset comprising de-identified cancer records from major commercial and university-based veterinary pathology laboratories through a harmonised companion animal cancer registry.
Who is this project for?
- Cancer organisations
- Policy-makers and government
- Veterinary clinicians
What does this project enable?
ACARCinom will provide a formal mechanism for promoting uniformity of collection, classification and collection of cancer data in companion animals across Australia.
Companion animals are sentinels of certain human cancers of environmental origin, and analysis of the ACARCinom data asset can point to shared cancer hot-spots and uncover associated predisposing environmental risk factors for cancers in animals and humans. Users of this data asset will be able to access cancer data from animals and humans and conduct research aiming at cancer risk mapping and a ranking of predisposing risk factors for cancers in humans and animals.