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Stark Facts

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

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. Brain tumours deaths are rising, representing 2.6% of all deaths from cancer. They kill more children than leukaemia, 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 spend, 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.Brain Tumour Research is campaigning to see the national spend on brain tumour research increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia, in order to advance treatments and, ultimately, fund a cure for this devastating disease.

Brain Tumour Research is campaigning to see the national spend on brain tumour research increased to £30 - £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia, in order to advance treatments and, ultimately, fund a cure for this devastating disease.

Please see our latest report for more about these shocking statistics.

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