May 6-12 is Brain Cancer Action Week run by the Cancer Council NSW.
The Cancer Council’s Southern Region Office has called for a national research approach to brain cancer as recent figures reveal regional gaps in the rates of those diagnosed, and survive the disease.
The NSW Cancer Institute said a 2008 report cited that 47 people were diagnosed with the disease in the region, and 35 had died from it.
Toby Dawson from the Cancer Council’s Southern Region Office said, “Whilst the number of cases is relatively low in the Southern region, the survival rate is amongst the lowest of all cancers and we need governments, charities, and research bodies across Australia working together to beat brain cancer.”
The Action Week is a collaborative initiative with clinicians, the NSW Cancer Institute, the Grey Matters Committee and the Cure for Life Foundation.
Over the last 5 years the Cancer Council has given $8.6 million funding to Brain Cancer research, but it is one of the most under-studied of all cancers, and receives very little research funding.
It is the leading cause of cancer deaths for people under the age of 39 and children under the age of 10.
Around 1, 200 people die from the disease every year.
“Brain Cancer is one of the most deadly cancers but also the least understood and underfunded in Australia,” Mr Dawson said.
There is no reliable early detection method, and only a 5% chance of surviving.
There has been no significant improvement in the survival rate in almost 20 years.
Fundraising events will be taking place all over Australia.
For more information visit: www.braincanceraction.com.au
By Kayla Osborne