In Australia over 600 children are diagnosed with a childhood cancer each year. Although the survival rate has grown, cancer is the biggest killer and cause of death for many children in Australia. According to the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia, on average 3 children die from a form of childhood cancer.
Childhood cancer is a different form of cancer that affects only children. Babies can develop this form of cancer within the womb, throughout their childhood and until they are teenagers.
Unfortunately, there is no clear answer as to why childhood cancers form and develop. However, through medical research, treatment of childhood cancers are more readily available with higher survival rates than before.