National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year
Statistics reveal the scale of brain tumour deaths amongst the young
To mark the start of Brain Tumour Awareness Month Brain Tumour Research is shining a spotlight on the continued underfunding for brain tumours.
Figures for England and Wales, from the Office for National Statistics, show that:
- For the under 50s, brain tumours account for one in 10 cancer deaths
- For children (those aged under 15 years), brain tumours account for one in three deaths from cancer
Yet, according to figures from the National Cancer Research Institute for 2018/19, only 2% of the UK’s investment in cancer research is now allocated to this devastating disease (just 1% since records began). That means research into brain tumours receives:
- three times less than prostate cancer, from which only 12 males under the age of 50 died in 2018
- five times less than leukaemia, which kills half as many under 50s than brain tumours
- seven times less than breast cancer, despite the fact that breast cancer only kills 1.5 times more people under 50 than brain tumours.
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