Rare Or Less Common Cancer Essay

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In the previous year, 42,000 Australians were diagnosed with rare or less common (RLC) cancers and a staggering 24,000 patients died from it. Australia is known to have one of the best cancer survival rates so how is this happening? Although research and treatment of common cancers such as breast cancer have been efficiently funded by the government, RLC cancers are lacking substantially in all aspects. This issue needs to be addressed as it has led to critical deficiencies in scientific establishment of rare cancers, significantly low survival rates and difficulties in treatmentment access. In order to prevent the existence of such inequalities, it is vital that the government must provide supplementary funding specifically for…show more content…
Rare Cancers Australia chairman Richard Vines affirmed, “...the lack of research means the lack of clinical knowledge.” He discussed how people with rare cancer don’t have that “brilliant...researcher who is the pick of the bunch for that particular cancer type.” The Just A Little More Time report released by Rare Cancer Australia in 2016 consists of statistics which clearly outlines the difference between the survival rates of common and RLC cancers. It was observed that while the incidence rates (number of diagnoses annually) of common cancers increased over the past decades, the mortality rates (number of deaths annually) have declined significant. This ratio of incidence-to-mortality presented increasing survival rates, due to sufficient investment in their research and treatment. However, the story is very different for the people diagnosed with RLC cancers. The incidence rates of RLC cancers are closely followed by its mortality rates, both twice that of Australia’s population growth. Such circumstances suggested that survival rates of RLC cancers remain low as a consequence of defective progress in diagnosis and treatment. Furthermore, inadequacy of treatment funding for RLC cancers negatively impacted the treatment availability for RLC cancer patients. Tracey Trumper, a survivor of breast cancer, had to face yet another devastating news of having diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer although she has
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