In 2019, Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, proclaimed 26 September as Australia’s annual Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day.
The aim of this day is to raise public awareness of the impact of childhood brain cancer on these precious children and their families and to highlight the importance of childhood brain cancer research.
Each year on this day there is a focus on one form of childhood brain cancer and for 2021 it is Medulloblastoma. The type of brain cancer that Dainere was diagnosed with and that stole her young life, along with the lives of many other Australian Children.
Medulloblastoma is the second most common type of childhood cancer of the central nervous system. It accounts for 13 percent of cases of brain cancer cases.
Tragically, incidence rates of Medulloblastoma have increased by 1.4 percent per year on average over the past three decades.
While this may sound like a small percentage increase, in total it equates to a shocking 58 percent increase over a 35-year period.
Sadly, the reasons behind this trend are unclear: advances in diagnostic technology and increasing population may very slightly contribute.
Heartbreakingly, survival for medulloblastoma still severely falls behind many other types of childhood cancer.