We understand the power of statistics.


That's why we leave no stone unturned when it comes to the latest analyses 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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