EVERY year about 320 Queenslanders are diagnosed with brain cancer and about 240 people die from the disease.
Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said brain cancer was one of the most lethal yet under-studied of all cancers.
“Risk factors are not easily identifiable, and no screening procedures currently exist,” she said.
“Brain cancer is the leading cancer killer for people under the age of 39 and children under 10.
“Just 25% of people diagnosed with a brain tumour survive for at least five years.”
Ms Clift said there were about 790 Queenslanders alive today who had been diagnosed with brain cancer in the past 30 years.
Cancer Council Queensland runs a Brain Tumour Support Service – providing the latest treatment information, support and referrals to rehabilitation along with practical assistance.
More information about the Brain Tumour Support Service is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or phone 131 120.