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Optimal Care Pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer

A new, first of its kind, Optimal Care Pathway has been released, identifying approaches to quality care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer to improve their cancer treatment experience and outcomes.

Cancer is the third leading cause of fatal burden of disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are, on average, 40 per cent more likely to die from cancer than non-Indigenous Australians.

To hear more about the importance of Optimal Care Pathway, click here to watch a video of Professor Tom Calma AO.

Childhood cancer new data at stage of diagnosis released

In a world first, national data on childhood cancer stage at diagnosis has been released, showing that a high proportion of the most common childhood cancers are diagnosed at a limited stage, before they have spread to other parts of the body.

The new data published by Cancer Australia covers the 16 most common childhood cancers, which represent approximately three-quarters of all childhood cancers diagnosed in Australia.

Funding boost announcement for children with brain cancer

Children with the most severe forms of childhood brain cancer will benefit from a $5 million boost in funding through the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

The Australian Brain Cancer Mission has provided $5 million over five years toward the Zero Childhood Brain Cancer Program to improve survival rates for children with high risk brain cancer. Scientists and doctors will work collaboratively to identify and deliver the most effective treatment plan, specifically tailored to suit each child’s individual disease.

Cancer Australia releases new cancer statistics on 30 cancer types

Cancer Australia has released new cancer data across 30 cancer types on its website.

Key data, information and trends over time is presented for 30 key cancers and all cancers combined. For all cancers combined, the number of new cases of cancer diagnosed increased from 47,443 in 1982 to 127,887 in 2014. Individuals with cancer had an increased chance of survival, from 49% in 1985-1989 to 69% in 2010-2014 compared to their counterparts in the general Australian population.

The data is sourced from the Cancer compendium: information and trends by cancer type, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Visit Cancer Australia's website for updated statistics.

World Lung Cancer Day

On 1 August 2018, World Lung Cancer Day,  Cancer Australia raised awareness of lung cancer and reminded Australians of symptoms to look out for.

For more information on lung cancer, including diagnosis, treatment and finding support, please visit Cancer Australia's website.

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