It’s something families hope they never have to deal with, but the sad reality is that hundreds of Australian parents have children battling cancer. One of the first things mums and dads will do after diagnosis is turn to Google for information. The federal government has now launched a Children’s Cancer website, to provide parents with as much accurate information as possible, at their fingertips.
The problem with trawling the internet for medical information is that it’s often disjointed, unreliable or out of date. The new Children’s Cancer website, launched this week, provides a centralised location where parents can find relevant information dealing with children’s cancer.
It’s a terrible statistic, but his year, 650 Australian children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer. Almost half of those will be under the age of five.
In positive news, Cancer Australia Chief Executive Officer, Professor Helen Zorbas says there’s been a 40 per cent drop in deaths from cancer in children, in the past 15 years.
“Over recent decades there has been a marked improvement in survival from certain cancers and a clear decline in overall mortality among children with cancer,” she says.
The website has been developed with patients and health professionals so that children, their families and carers can access support and guidance at any time of the day.
For more information, go to Children’s Cancer.