Reaction to Cancer Research UK Statistics
Cancer Research UK today released statistics showing that while half of patients diagnosed with cancer will now survive for at least ten years, this number drops to 13.5% for brain tumour patients. While the majority of cancers have reached a “tipping point” in the struggle against cancer, with survival rates jumping hugely in the last 40 years, brain cancer remain almost as deadly as it was in 1970.
Brain tumour’s survival rates increased only by 7.5% – from 6% to 13.5% – in a period while the majority of other cancers’ survival rates soared. The 10 year rate for testicular cancer jumped from 69% to 98%, from 25% to 84% in prostate cancer while breast cancer increased from 40% to 84%. This is clearly excellent news for the thousands of patients who have survived these illnesses due to ground-breaking treatments that have been pioneered in the last 40 years but it begs the question why have brain tumours survival rates remained so static.
Brain Tumour Research believes that there is a direct correlation between the money spent on research into cancer and an increase in the survival rates of patients. Brain tumour survival rates cannot improve unless the amount of money given to research, that develops the new treatments and drugs that save lives, is increased. The latest figures by the National Cancer Research Institute revealed that while brain tumours increased compared to 2012, from £4.9 million to £6.8 million, now making up 1.4% of total spend, this total is still far too low compared to other cancers and the amount needed for significant progress.
This has to change. Brain Tumour Research has been 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.
Statistics from Cancer Research UK: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/half-of-all-cancer-patients-now-survive-at-least-10-years