Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children, and adults aged under 40 in Australia, yet alarmingly very little is known about brain cancer, its causes or how it is treated!
That is why the Mark Hughes Foundation was formed so that research can be carried out to decrease mortality rates and decrease the incident of brain cancer in Australia. We want to make a difference!
ALARMING STATISTICS REVEAL:
- In 2010, 1680 brain cancers were diagnosed in Australia; that is roughly one person diagnosed every 5 hours.*
- In 2012, there were 1272 deaths caused by brain cancer.*
- Brain cancer has a very high mortality rate and survival rates have hardly changed for 30 years.*
- Brain Cancer is the most complex cancer yet it is the most under-studied.*
- Brain cancer costs more per patient than any other cancer because of its highly debilitating, affects people in their prime and often means family members cannot work if they become carers**
- Brain cancer receives very little funding, in 2012 received only 3% of federal government funding***
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. Cancer survival and prevalence in Australia: period estimates from 1982 to 2010. Cancer Series no. 69. Cat. no. CAN 65. Canberra: AIHW.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2014. ACIM (Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality) Books. Canberra: AIHW.
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
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2012. ACIM (Australian Cancer Incidence and Mortality) Books. Canberra: AIHW.
** The Cost of Cancer NSW – report by Access Economics, Australia wide, April 2007.
*** NHMRC Grant Application Round 2012