BRAIN CAN­CER

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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