CHILD CAN­CER RATES ON RISE

Herald Sun - - NEWS -

MORE young Aus­tralians are be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer than 25 years ago, how­ever they have a higher chance of sur­viv­ing their dis­ease.

The lat­est na­tional health snap­shot re­veals be­tween two and three 15-24 year olds are di­ag­nosed ev­ery day.

For ev­ery one mil­lion young Aus­tralians there are now 308 new can­cer cases each year, com­pared to 283 in 1985–89, ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Health and Wel­fare re­port. But the num­ber of young peo­ple dy­ing of can­cer has dropped from 820 in 1981–85, to 499 in 2011–15.

Al­most nine out of 10 young Aus­tralians are now alive five years af­ter their can­cer di­ag­no­sis, up from eight out of 10 in the 1980s.

Brain can­cer re­mains the big­gest killer for young peo­ple, ac­count­ing for al­most one in five can­cer deaths for 15-24 year olds.

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