Help­ing youth fight for sur­vival

Western Times - - NEWS -

QUEENSLAND’S youngest can­cer bat­tlers have been given a boost, with find­ings re­veal­ing child­hood and ado­les­cent can­cer sur­vival rates have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly dur­ing the past three decades.

Re­lease of the data co­in­cides with Child­hood Can­cer Aware­ness Month, be­ing held from Septem­ber 1–30.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queensland fig­ures show 86% of Queensland chil­dren and ado­les­cents aged 0–19 will now sur­vive at least five years from di­ag­no­sis, up from around 70% in 1986.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMil­lan said the find­ings demon­strated the im­pact of com­mu­nity do­na­tions in driv­ing re­search and sav­ing lives.

“We are win­ning the war against child­hood can­cer,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“On av­er­age, four chil­dren and ado­les­cents be­tween the ages of 0–19 will be di­ag­nosed with can­cer in Queensland ev­ery week.

“The great news is that on­go­ing re­search and bet­ter treat­ments have de­liv­ered mas­sive gains in sur­vival out­comes, with five-year rel­a­tive sur­vival for all com­mon forms of child­hood can­cers im­prov­ing sig­nif­i­cantly over time.

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