Translating Molecular Insights In Squamous Cell Carcinoma Into Novel Therapeutics

Grant number: 1049870 | Funding period: 2013 - 2016

Completed

Abstract

In Australia, skin cancers account for 80% of all new cases of cancer, and over 95% of these are basal cell cancers (BCC) or squamous cell cancers (SCC). Although exposure to the sun is the major factor responsible for both of these cancers, it is not known what genes are damaged allowing them to grow in an uncontrolled manner. Our laboratory has identified critical genes that malfunction in SCC. This discovery will allow us to develop new preventative and curative strategies for SCC.