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

New Cancer Survival Statistics

The Office for National Statistics cancer survival statistics released yesterday (Adults Diagnosed 2008 to 2012, followed up to 2013) show once again that Brain tumours continue to have one of the poorest survival rates of all cancers. Only 19.8% of patients survive five years after their initial diagnosis, the 19th highest out of the 24 common cancers published, with a marginal improvement of only 1% since the 2007 – 2011 statistics.

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Brain tumour one year survival rates now stand at 45%, sharply falling to 19.8% after five years, and have not improved at the same rates as other cancers. As Cancer Research UK’s report earlier this year highlighted, brain tumour survival rates have increased by 7.5% since the 1970s while overall cancer survival rates doubled from around 25% to more than 50%.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer and have not achieved comparable survival rates over the last 40 years of other cancers. Despite this it received only £6.8 million a year from NCRI members for research into new treatments in 2013. The only way to improve upon the figures released today is to substantially increase in research funding. Without increased funds, researchers with new, ground-breaking ideas will be deterred from working in brain tumour research simply due to the lack of funding opportunities and we continue to see only 19.8% of those diagnosed with brain tumours will survive five years.

ONS: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/cancer-unit/cancer-survival-in-england–adults-diagnosed/2008-to-2012–followed-up-to-2013/stb-cancer-survival.html

Cancer Resarch UK: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2014-04-29-half-of-all-cancer-patients-now-survive-at-least-10-years

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