Individual Study / MCCS

Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (or Health 2020)

Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (or Health 2020)

Initiatives -
o investigate prospectively the role of diet and other lifestyle factors in causing common chronic diseases – especially prostate cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer – and to investigate possible interactions between these exposures and common genetic variants. **General contact:**
Start Year
Cohort recruitment was funded by Cancer Council Victoria [] and VicHealth []. The MCCS was further supported by grants 209057, 251553 and 504711 from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) [] and ongoing follow-up and data management has been funded by Cancer Council Victoria since 1995. Research related to mammographic density was supported by the Victorian Breast Cancer Research Consortium (VBCRC).
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. Roger Milne
    Cancer Council Victoria


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
The first wave of active follow-up (follow-up 1) occurred between 1995 and 1998, approximately 4 years after recruitment for each participant. A second wave occurred between 2003 and 2007. Every year participants are sent a study newsletter, which includes a reminder to contact the study coordinator to update contact information. Passive follow-up: Participant addresses are updated using information from the Victorian Electoral Enrolment Register (every 6 months). Incident diagnosis of cancer and deaths are identified by at least annual record linkage to the Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR) and the VictorianRegistry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Marker Paper

Milne RL, Fletcher AS, MacInnis RJ, Hodge AM, Hopkins AH, Bassett JK, Bruinsma FJ, Lynch BM, Dugué PA, Jayasekara H, Brinkman MT, Popowski LV, Baglietto L, Severi G, O'Dea K, Hopper JL, Southey MC, English DR, Giles GG. Cohort Profile: The Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (Health 2020). Int J Epidemiol. 2017 Dec 1;46(6):1757-1757i. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx085.

PUBMED 28641380


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

By contacting the study representative