Six young researchers have received $3.4 million in grants from health and medical research minister Jillian Skinner, as part of the Cancer Institute NSW's Early Career Development Fellowship program.
These three-year grants were given to those who are beginning their careers to uncover new treatments and a cure for cancer.
Mrs Skinner stated that by 2021 almost 51,000 people in NSW will be told they have cancer and that it has "never been more important" to invest in cures and treatments.
"I am committed to ensuring our best and brightest researchers have the means to discover new treatments and potentially a cure for cancer to deliver better outcomes for patients here and across the globe," the minister said.
"The work of these six researchers will ensure patients benefit from cutting-edge cancer research as their findings are translated into better treatments and care across the NSW health system."
New therapies for preventing skin cancer and research into cancer prevention intervention for disadvantaged communities are some of the areas of research.
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