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Thursday, 1 November 2012
Page: 8765


Senator McEWEN (South AustraliaGovernment Whip in the Senate) (11:59): I move:

That the Senate acknowledges:

(a) that the week beginning 28 October 2012 is International Brain Tumour Awareness Week and, in doing so, acknowledges the impact brain tumours have on patients, their families and the community; and

(b) the statistics, which show that:

   (i) brain tumours are the second highest cause of death in children aged 10 to 14 years, second only to accidental drowning,

   (ii) brain tumours are the highest cause of cancer-related death in females under 40 and males under 44,

   (iii) between 2006 and 2010, people with a brain tumour had just a 22 per cent chance of surviving for at least 5 years, and

   (iv) around 1 500 Australians a year will be diagnosed with primary (malignant) brain tumours, including 100 children, and that this number excludes approximately 2 000 benign brain tumours that may cause disability or even death.

Question agreed to.