Helping youth fight for survival
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.