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Stark Facts

16,000 people every year are diagnosed with a brain tumour

Exposing the financial impact of a brain tumour diagnosis

Brain tumour patients lose £14,783 per year

more than double the £6,840 for all cancers

Brain  tumour  patients  lose  £14,783  per  year, more  than  double  the  £6,840  for  all  cancers. 

Our latest report, Exposing the financial impact of a brain tumour reveals for the first time the stark financial burden facing brain tumour patients.

Experiencing life-limiting physical and psychological symptoms, brain tumour patients face long visits to specialist hospitals, increased time at home, rising bills and costly home modifications.

What’s more: 

  • Brain tumour patients and their families face a £11,081 net loss of income
  • Brain tumour patients face additional costs of £3,702 per year
  • Brain tumour patients are on average £14,783 worse off per year, whereas for all cancers the average cost is £6,840 per year

Added to this, patients are required to surrender their driving licence, leading to a loss of independence. This is all while facing a terrifying uncertainty about what the future holds.

We are calling on the Government to mitigate the costs experienced by patients by:

1. Speeding us access to better treatments by stimulating further increases in the national investment for research into brain tumours to 30-35 million per year – to achieve parity with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia

2. Giving back a quality of life to brain tumour patients and their families, offsetting a loss in income by giving them and their carers additional benefits. 

3. Providing easily accessible financial support to brain tumour patients while they are receiving treatment.

Read the full report here.

The information in this report represents the results of our online survey that we conducted during summer 2018 to learn more about the financial costs faced by brain tumour patients and their families.

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We understand the power of statistics

That's why we leave no stone unturned when it comes to the latest analysis surrounding the devastating impact of brain tumours in the UK.

The statistics we have unearthed speak for themselves. Something has to be done.

  • Too many people are being faced with the devastating diagnosis each year – every two hours, someone is diagnosed with a brain tumour in England
  • In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour
  • Less than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years of their diagnosis, whereas 86% of breast cancer and 51% of leukaemia patients survive beyond five years
  • Brain tumours are the chief cause of cancer deaths in children and young people. In 2015, the number of children dying from cancer was 194, with brain tumours taking 67 young lives and leukaemia 46
  • Brain tumours continue to kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer

Read our 2016 Report on National Research Funding for more facts and statistics.

More statistics relating to brain tumours:

  • Brain tumours deaths are rising, representing 2.6% of all deaths from cancer
  • Brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia
  • Brain tumours kill more men under 45 than prostate cancer and more women under 35 than breast cancer
  • Incidences of and deaths from brain tumours are increasing
  • In 2015, £8,759 was spent on leukaemia research for each death, compared with only £1,858 for brain tumours
  • Brain tumour research represents just 1.37% of national spend on cancer
  • At the current rate of spending, it could take 100 years for brain cancer to catch up with developments in other diseases and find a cure
  • Awareness of the devastation caused by brain tumours is low - less than 10% of people in the UK know that brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer
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Infographics Posters

These posters are a simple way to showcase and raise awareness of the shocking statistics around brain tumours.

Click the images below to download a high-quality PDF that can be printed up to A3 in size. 


Poster showing brain tumour statistics as infographics


Poster showing brain tumour statistics as infographics

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