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Brain Cancer Research Is Vital

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State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today move a Notice of Motion calling on the Parliament to support vital research into brain cancer.

The Notice of Motion recognises that brain cancer is the biggest cancer killer of children under the age of 15 and adults over the age of 39, and is the least understood and most underfunded of all cancers.

The John Hunter Children’s Hospital is one of three children’s hospitals in NSW and operates the Children’s Cancer and Haematology Service, a vital resource for young people battling cancer.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery

“I will be moving this Notice of Motion because research is vital to decrease mortality rates and decrease the incidence of brain cancer in Australia.”

“In 2010, 1680 brain cancers were diagnosed in Australia; that is 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 haven’t really changed in the last 30 years. It is one the most complex cancers yet it is the most under-studied.”

“Brain cancer costs more per patient than any other cancer because of its highly debilitating effects, impacting people in their prime and often means family members cannot work if they become carers.”

“Most of us know somebody who has been impacted by this deadly illness and we need to do more research in the hope that we will find a cure for brain cancer in the future.”

“The Mark Hughes Foundation is doing incredible work to raise funds for ongoing research into brain cancer research but as a Parliament we should be doing more.”