Brain tumours: the biggest cancer killer of children and young adults
Cancer Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
The charity Brain Tumour Research continues to drive awareness of this devastating disease which, to date, has had just 1% of the national spend on cancer research allocated to it.
Now more than half-way towards its goal of establishing a network of seven dedicated Brain Tumour Research Centres of Excellence, the charity is challenging Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.
Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Research, Sue Farrington Smith, said: “The statistics for brain tumours are shocking and the continued underfunding for research into brain tumours is unacceptable!
“Too many children have lost parents prematurely and parents should never have to lose their children to this dreadful form of cancer. We must act to improve outcomes for the 16,000 patients who will be diagnosed this and every year, and increase funding into brain tumour research.
“At the current rate of spend, it could take 100 years for brain tumour research to catch up with developments in other diseases and to find a cure. Treatments for brain tumour patients lag seriously behind other cancers and that is why we believe the national investment in this area needs to increase to £30m to £35m each year by 2020."
Invest In A Cure
Sue Farrington Smith explains, "our Invest In A Cure manifesto calls on the Government to work with us and our partner organisations to shine a spotlight on research funding for brain tumours, prioritise treatment for brain tumour patients and to facilitate innovation by ring-fencing funds for brain tumour research."
Unlike most other cancers, incidences and deaths from brain tumours are increasing. Less than 20% of those diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years compared with an average of 50% across all cancers. One in 50 of all people who die under the age of 60 die from a brain tumour and 71% of those who die of a brain tumour are under the age of 75 – compared to 47% for all cancers.
With backing from the charity, an e-petition calling for more Government investment attracted well over the 100,000 signatures required to secure the first Petitions Committee-led House of Commons debate on the issue. The charity continues to work with Parliamentarians to raise awareness and influence strategy at the highest level. It holds the secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on brain tumours and counts the Rt Hon John Bercow MP as a Patron and key supporter.
Wear A Hat Day
Wear A Hat Day, the charity’s flagship fundraising campaign, is now in its seventh year. The event, which takes place this year on Thursday 24th March, is the culmination of National Brain Tumour Awareness Month and will see people across the country donning hats of all varieties, organising hat-themed events and activities and making donations to Brain Tumour Research.
Read more: www.braintumourresearch.org