Many people are still unaware that brain cancer is one of the most lethal yet understudied of all cancers. It is the leading cancer killer for young people under age 39 and children under 10, yet receives very little research funding.
Worryingly little is known about this disease, other than some devastating statistics:
- Not only is brain cancer the leading cause of cancer death for young people under the age of 39 and children under 10, it carries the highest financial burden of all cancers
- In its malignant form it is almost 100% fatal
- It is one of the most under-studied of all cancers
- Around 1600 people a year will be diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia, approximately 1200 will pass away
- One person is diagnosed with brain cancer every 6 hours in Australia, every 8 hours one will pass away
There is hope. Cancer Council current research projects are on their way to breakthrough. A ground-breaking study funded by Cancer Council will recruit 800 brain cancer patients and 800 healthy family members from across Australia to determine the combination of lifestyle and genetic factors that cause brain cancer.
This, along with other research programs will keep us on the path to cure. Funding will keep these vital research projects going. Through raising awareness and funding research, together we can find the answers.
Source: Cancer Council