Rise in childhood cancer baffles experts, prompts calls for urgent investigation – 9News

They discovered the rate of childhood cancer in Australian children rose by 1.2 per cent every year from 2005 to 2015.

According to the Cancer Council Queensland, that is expected to jump 7 per cent by the year 2035.

By that year the rate of childhood cancer is forecast to reach 1060 cases per year.

Doctors and cancer experts are struggling to explain the slow and gradual increase. They believe It is partly due to improvements in diagnosis.

But unlike the case with adults where lifestyle factors are often a contributor to cancer, this isn’t the case with children.

Researchers now want further investigation into the rise in childhood cancer cases.

That’s being credited to sun safety programmes.

News Reporter

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