Cancer Council Victoria is
calling for urgent action on brain cancer, as survival rates for the deadly
disease show no signs of improvement.
The "forgotten cancer" claims on
average 26 Australian lives every week, and is the leading cancer killer for
children under the age of 15, and young people under 39-years-old.
Cancer Council Victoria CEO Todd
Harper said it was unacceptable that there had been little change in the number
of lives lost each year.
"One Australian is diagnosed with
brain cancer every six hours but we've seen virtually no improvement in
survival rates in the last 20 years. When it comes to investment in research
this really is the forgotten cancer," he said.
More than 1300 lives are lost
nationally each year to brain cancer but the adult survival rate five years after
diagnosis is just 22%, compared to 90% for breast cancer and 95% for prostate
"We have come so far in Victoria,
with two-in-three people surviving for at least five years after a cancer
diagnosis. But cancers with high mortality rates, like brain cancer, are being
left behind and we must see greater funding for dedicated research," Mr Harper
On Friday 12th May,
Cancer Council Victoria will host a free forum for Melbourne brain cancer
patients and their families.
The forum will offer practical
advice on issues such as insurance, rehab and returning to work and will also
touch on the psychological challenges of a brain cancer diagnosis.
It will also be an opportunity to
hear personal stories from patients and their carers in a supportive
"It is so important for people
living with cancer to have support, understanding and information. This will be
a great chance to receive that assistance from people who know first-hand the
challenges individuals and their families face after diagnosis," Mr Harper
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