Raising Awareness

"CMB's FACTS & STATS"

Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia. It also kills more people aged under 40 in Australia than any other cancer yet very little is known about brain cancer, its causes or how to treat it.

 

Brain cancer has a very high mortality rate, and survival rates have hardly changed for 30 years, despite significant increases in survival for Australians diagnosed with other types of cancer, such as leukaemia and breast cancer. Treatment is challenging because it affects our most vital organ. Brain cancer costs more per patient than any other cancer, yet only receives a small fraction of cancer research funding.



INCIDENCE

 

Approximately 1600 brain cancers are diagnosed annually in Australia; that is roughly one person diagnosed with brain cancer every five hours*

 

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2012. ACIM (Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality) Books. AIHW: Canberra

 

SURVIVAL

 

  • Relative survival rates (five-year relative survival) for brain cancer have increased less than 2% between the periods of 1982-1987 and 2006-2010.*

  • Only two in ten people diagnosed with brain cancer will survive for at least five years.*

  • Between 1982 and 2007, brain cancer incidence and mortality trends showed little change.*

 

*AIHW 2012. Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010. Cancer Series no. 69. Cat. No. CAN 65. Canberra: AIHW pg 42. 

 

MORTALITY

 

  • Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease.*

  • It also kills more people under 40 in Australia than any other cancer.** 

  • Brain cancer has a very high mortality rate, and this has barely fallen in the last 30 years.

  • By comparison, the mortality rate of leukaemia has fallen from 65% to 26% over the same period.**

  •  1272 people died of brain cancer in 2011, that is approximately one person every seven hours.

 

“There were 92 deaths due to cancer in children aged 0-14 in 2007 and of these, 38 deaths were due to brain cancer, the highest number of deaths from any type of cancer in this age    group in 2007.”***   

 

*Australian Bureau of Statistics (2010 – 2014), 3303.0 Causes of Death, Australia (2008 – 2012),  'Table 1.3: Underlying cause of death, Selected causes by age at death, numbers and rates, Australia (2008 – 2012) Source link

**Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2012. ACIM (Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality) Books. AIHW: Canberra. Source link
***AIHW, 2013; Health system expenditure on cancer and other neoplasms in Australia: 2008-09. Cancer series no. 81. Cat. No. 78. pg17 Source link

 

COST

 

  • In 2012, brain cancer was estimated to account for 21,500 disability adjusted life years (DALYs) in Australia; of these 20,200 were years lost due to premature death and 1,300 were years of healthy life lost due to disease, disability or injury.*

  • Brain cancer costs more per patient than any other cancer because it is highly debilitating, affects people in their prime and often means family members cannot work if they become carers.**

  • For those aged 35–44, brain cancer accounted for the highest proportion of cancer expenditure, totalling $32 million.

 

*** *Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Australasian Association of Cancer Registries 2012. Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2012. Cancer series no. 74. Cat. No. CAN 70. Canberra: AIHW.** The Cost of Cancer NSW – report by Access Economics, Australia wide, April 2007. ***AIHW, 2013; Health system expenditure on cancer and other neoplasms in Australia: 2008-09. Cancer series no. 81. Cat. No. 78. Pg 15.

 

 

 

 

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