THE TRUTH ABOUT CHILDHOOD CANCER
Cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease. Around 1 in 285 kids are diagnosed with cancer prior to reaching adulthood. 1 in 5 die within 5 years. Over 10,000 Australian children are fighting cancer now. Another 1,100 are diagnosed each year. Up to 90% of childhood cancer survivors develop life long health problems. Overall survival is compromised.
Childhood cancer is not the same as adult cancer and has no known risk factors. It does not discriminate and can affect any child. Improved survival rates are 100% reliant on research. Despite the many wonderful advances made in medicine, paediatric cancer survival rates have plateaued for nearly a decade! To date, paediatric cancer research has been insufficiently funded in Australia and internationally. Our children are dying as a consequence!