In the UK, brain tumours kill more children than leukaemia or any other cancer; more women under the age of 35 than breast or any other cancer; and more men under the age of 45 than prostate or any other cancer, yet brain tumour research receives less than 1% of national cancer research spending.
We like a bit of good news on a Monday though, so here we go….
Brain Tumour Research, a group of 18 brain tumour charities of which brainstrust is one, is today launching the £7m ‘Centres of Hope’ fundraising campaign to address the serious under-funding of research into the UK’s biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. The campaign is being championed by Actor and Author Sheila Hancock, whose grandson Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, and calls for greater support from the Government, businesses and consumers.
The ‘Centres of Hope’ campaign aims to raise £7m for centres of excellence to get closer to a cure. The regional centres will be dedicated to brain tumour research that will work towards increasing understanding of brain cancer and the ways it can be treated. Each centre will require ongoing funding which will be raised through local fundraising including a ‘Wall of Hope’, the first of which is being officially launched today at the University of Portsmouth centre of hope.
Actor, Author and Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, Sheila Hancock says:
“My grandson Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of four – we were incredibly lucky Jack’s tumour was low grade and he lives a normal healthy life now, but it is terrible to watch a family member go through the diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour. I implore you to get involved and support the ‘Centres of Hope’ campaign”
Charity patron and Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP comments:
“I am dedicated to championing the cause of Brain Tumour Research at a political level in the House of Commons but now the media and the public need to get behind us to help ensure that the brain tumour community is no longer under-debated, poorly supported and under-funded”.
Kevin O’Neill, Consultant Neuro-surgeon, Charing Cross Hospital comments:
“Brain tumours cause the greatest reduction of expected life years than any other cancer and are on the increase particularly in the younger age groups. Without the necessary funding this vital research will not translate into treatments, which will have huge clinical implications for all brain tumour patients”.
Sue Farrington Smith, Director of Brain Tumour Research added:
“16,000 people are diagnosed every year with a brain tumour and whilst it’s reported that survival rates for cancer patients have doubled in a generation, for brain tumour patients the five year survival rate remains at only 14%. We would like to see a commitment by Government to help establish a working group to review how UK cancer research funding is allocated across different disease types”.