As March is brain tumour awareness month, I felt that I should do a blog focussing specifically on brain tumours. This blog lists many of the facts and figures around brain tumours -
‘Cancer Research UK will invest £25 million in research into brain tumours over the next 5 years. Each year around 11,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with a brain tumour and just 14% of people survive their disease for 10 or more years.’
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘While survival rates for most cancers are at record levels, the prognosis for people with brain tumours has scarcely improved in over a generation.’
Sir Harpal Kumar, Cancer Research UK Chief Executive, said: ‘Brain tumours remain a huge challenge, with survival barely improving over the last 30 years.’
‘Every day in the UK 50 face a brain tumour diagnosis and its life-changing effects.’
‘Over 5,000 people in the UK lose their lives to a brain tumour each year.’
‘40% all cancers spread to the brain.’
‘Brain tumours can affect not only an individual, but also family, friends and carers - and support is needed for all.’
These figures are taken from the sites listed below and they illustrate the need for more research on brain tumours. I know that without the technology we have today, I wouldn’t have been able to have my operation, even now it is a rare operation. It would be good to know that if I needed further surgeries in the future that research had moved on and my treatment options would be increased.
If you would like to get involved in awareness and fundraising here are some ideas to explore -
During March have a ‘bandana bake day’; at work, home or at a local event, click on the link for packs. https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/big-bandana-bake/
The brain tumour support charity is promoting a wear a bandana promotion, for more information click on the link. http://www.braintumoursupport.co.uk/big-bandana-2018.html march bandana wearing
Thursday the 29th of March is ‘wear a hat day’ to show support and awareness of brain tumours, click on the link for some ideas. https://www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/wear-a-hat-day
Obviously I have a vested interest in any brain tumour support, awareness and fundraising as I’m likely to have my little lodger for some time to come!
These are the sites where the facts and figures have come from.