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If only brain tumour research could be funded in the same way as leukaemia and other cancers

NCRI Release Cancer Spend Data for 2013

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The National Cancer Research Institute released their annual data package on the 28th of March 2014, showing that the funding for research into brain tumours had increased compared to 2012, from £4.9 million to £6.8 million, now making up 1.4% of total spend. However, while this rise is welcome, it does not represent the size of increase of total spend that the fight against brain tumours needs.

Research into brain tumours was the 10th highest funded cancer research “site” with £6.8 million spent on research. As the largest cancer killer of children, with almost three quarters of brain tumour deaths in people under 75, and survival rates of just 13.5% over ten years this figure is shockingly low. This becomes even worse when the difference in spend between the top six cancers and brain tumours is analysed. The spending for breast cancer (£40.3 million), colorectal cancer (£25 million), leukaemia (£33.9 million), lung cancer (£14 million), ovarian cancer (£8.7 million) and prostate cancer (£22.2 million) dwarf the funding that brain cancer receives, despite the continuing rise in prevalence and the stationary survival rates of brain tumours that almost no other cancer has seen over the last 30 years.

The result of research into brain tumours being continually underfunded is that treatments will continue to lag behind those being developed and used in other cancers and, ultimately, thousands of patients in the UK will continue to die without being given the chance of a recovery that they deserve. Without increased funds in the field researchers with new, ground-breaking ideas will be deterred from working in brain tumour research simply due to the lack of funding opportunities.

This has to change. Brain Tumour Research are campaigning for a change in Government policy to research funding that will see a more equitable share of resources and a focus on preventing deaths in people under 75.

We cannot do this alone. We need your help to let the Government know that they need to change the way research funds are allocated. You can do this by signing and sharing our E-Petition with your family, friends and colleagues, as well as writing to your local MP, making them aware of the current state of research funding.

Link to E-Petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55378

Link to NCRI data: http://www.ncri.org.uk/what-we-do/research-database

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