Facts About Brain Tumours
Read about some fact and statistics about brain tumours here.
Did you know?
- Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
- Over 9,000 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour, including 500 children and young people – that’s 25 people every day.
- Almost 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year.
- Thousands more are diagnosed with secondary brain tumours, which are not recorded.
- Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
- Just 14% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
- Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children.
- Childhood brain tumour survivors are 10 times more likely to suffer long term disability than well children. This accounts for 20,000 additional disabled life years for all the children who are diagnosed each year.
- Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours. Over £500m is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours.
Reference: The Brain Tumour Charity 2014.
What work is being done in an effort to cure brain tumours?
In a recent letter from the Government sent to The Katy Holmes Trust the following statement was made:
“Around £7m each year is currently being spent specifically on brain cancer. Of this £7m, 36% is provided by government and 64% by charity”.
This statement emphasises the importance of charity work to the overall contribution of finding the cure. There are so many charities working together to help find the answers to so many unanswered questions. Please take a look and see for yourself what is going on out there, just click on the following links:
- New Brain Tumour Research Laboratory
- The Brain Tumour Charity - Current Research Projects
- Molecularly Determined Treatment of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG)
- Milestone Clinical Trial for DIPG Approved