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Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Raising awareness of less survivable cancers

Brain Tumour Research is marking Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day today (11th January).

The awareness day was launched in 2022 by the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce (LSCT) to raise the profile of the six less survivable common cancers – brain, lung, pancreatic, oesophageal and stomach – to raise awareness of symptoms and to highlight the critical importance of early diagnosis in improving survival.

Brain Tumour Research joined eight other cancer charity and research organisation invitees, and signed up as registered supporters of the LSCT in July 2020.

Less survivable cancers are difficult to diagnose as they often have vague or non-specific symptoms. Data released by the LSCT in 2021 showed that awareness of the symptoms of the deadliest cancers is as low as 4% in the UK.

What’s more, people diagnosed with less survivable cancers have a shockingly low life expectancy. The chance of someone surviving for five years after being diagnosed with one of these cancers is only 16%.

The LSCT is urging everyone to be aware of the symptoms of these deadly cancers and to seek medical help at the earliest opportunity if they recognise any of the signs. For more information about brain tumour symptoms, click here.

You can support the awareness day on Twitter using the hashtags #CloseTheDeadlyCancerGap #DiagnosedTooLate and #LessSurvivableCancersAwarenessDay

For more information, click here.

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