Brain tumour research is wholly inadequate and needs to be given the priority it deserves.
According to the figures stated by the The Brain Tumour Charity, only 2% of cancer research funding in the UK is spent on brain tumours, 27 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day, and 5000 people in the UK alone die from a brain tumour each year. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and, unlike most other cancers, brain cancer deaths are rising, not falling.
There are a number of potential treatments on the horizon, but without the funding to drive it forward we will be waiting years before we get the results so desperately needed. Being a brain tumour sufferer myself, hoping that my low grade inoperable tumour will one day be cured by one of these treatments before it kills me, I wonder at the massive disparity in funding in comparison to other cancers, especially given the fact that, in my view, brain tumours, and the subsequent current treatments used to address them, have a much more negative effect on the quality of life experienced by many sufferers.
Given the devastating statistics, the fact that it affects so many children and teenagers, and the poor quality of life experienced by many survivors, why are we not ensuring that brain tumour research has the funding that it really needs!
On Monday 18 April 2016 UK politicians met at Westminster Hall to discuss brain tumour research and the importance of funding, further to the submission of a petition of over 120,000 signatures. This is a step in the right direction, but more recognition is needed before we will get the funding that is truly needed, a nationwide campaign is long overdue.