CHILD CANCER RATES ON RISE
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.