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Reproductive cancer researchers given $15m

Medical researchers trying to save the lives of women with reproductive cancers are being given $15 million from the federal government.

The public money will go towards clinical trials focused on ovarian, cervical and fallopian cancers.

"We believe there is a moment where we can improve the number of lives saved, improve the survival rate and continue to push forward," Health Minister Greg Hunt told ABC Radio on Monday.

Almost 6500 Australian women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancers each year.

More than 2000 women die from the diseases each year.

The money comes on top of $20 million allocated for general ovarian cancer research earlier this year.

In any one year, 1500 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 1000 will die.

"It's such an important issue for Australian families right across the country," Mr Hunt said.

"If we can help increase hope, increase real treatment and improve outcomes, then that will be a profoundly important legacy."

The latest funding round will also call for trials into testicular cancer, which is the second most common cancer in men aged between 18 and 39.