Reaction to Cancer52 Report Showing Percentage of Cancer Deaths Outside the Big Four Rising to 54%
New data compiled by Cancer52’s Data Report shows that less common and rare cancers, including brain tumours, now make up 54% of all cancer deaths. This is despite having only being under half (47%) of all the diagnoses. The Cancer 52 report says that this gap can be attributed to difficulties associated with diagnosis, as medical professionals will struggle to spot the less common symptoms of rarer cancers, as well as the large gulf in money devoted to research. We agree with Cancer52 that it is the money devoted to research that is the key factor in explaining this gulf in diagnoses and deaths, with the rarer cancers not receiving the money they need.
The “big four” cancers (breast, prostate, lung and bowel) receive a vast amount of research funding, with breast cancer alone accounting for 8% of the total cancer spending in the UK in 2013. This research spending enables cutting edge treatment and drugs to be developed and given to patients, significantly improving chances of recovery and quality of life. Brain tumours are typical of less common cancers, with low survival rates and low research funding. As our 2013 report has shown, in 2013 only £4.9 million was spent on research into brain tumours, despite killing 3,443 people and having the highest percentage of cancer patients under 75 of any cancer.
This situation has to change, with the level of research funding reflecting the level of deaths in the under 75s and more money devoted to rarer and less common cancers. The Government needs to act and guarantee that brain tumour research receives a minimum of £30 million a year over the next 10 years. Without this level of investment the men, women and children diagnosed with brain tumours will not have the chance they deserve to beat this horrific disease.
We need your help to let the Government know that change to research funding is needed. 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 Brain Tumour Research Report: http://www.braintumourresearch.org/uploads/document/BrainTumourResearchNationalFundingReportJuly_2013draft9_897.pdf