Sunday, 12 June 2011

10 Brain tumour facts

1. Brain Tumours KILL more children and adults (under 40) than ANY other cancer.

2. 16,000 men, women and children are diagnosed with a Brain Tumour every year.

3. In the UK the 5yr survival rate for Brain Tumours are only 14 per cent compared to 50 per cent for other cancers.

4. Of the £420m per year spent on cancer research, less than 1 per cent is spent on Brain Tumour research.

5. Much of the money raised by volunteers for the larger cancer charities is spent on “senior exec” salaries, real estate, PR, marketing and advertising.

6. Results based funding has driven some cancer charities to research cancers which are already treatable rather than “risk” researching difficult cancers such as Brain Tumours.

7. Cancer Research UK’s CEO earned in excess of £250,000 in 2008/9.

8. The UK’s Brain Tumour detection and diagnosis rate trails way behind that of America. (Who’s medical care is business driven (privately insured) where money is no object and imaging equipment is available in almost every hospital)

9. Early detection and diagnosis is currently the most effective way to improve Brain Tumour treatment and survival. MRI is the best way to detect a tumour whilst it is small. A small tumour that hasn’t spread is much easier for the doctors to treat.

10. If you are raising money because you have been affected by a Brain Tumour and wish to fund research to help others, choose your charity carefully. Unless you choose a charity which specifically funds research into Brain Tumours (such as or to name a couple) more than 98 per cent of the money you raise will be spent elsewhere, rather than being spent on Brain Tumours.


  1. Thank you for posting this, I have made donations to cancer charities a lot in the past but never specifically towards brain tumour research, but I shall now. Lots of love xx

  2. My cousin's wee girl has had a very rare form of cancer which affects her eye & brain.It is so rare & she is the only child in the World who was diagnosed so young-six months when they are not usually diagnosed until six or seven.They don't know her prognosis but she has chemo & radiotherapy in bouts to keep it under control & surgery too.She is a bright sociable wee soul who is doing well in school -now aged 6.

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