16,000 people a year are diagnosed with a brain tumour, 6,400 (40%) of which are primary tumours originating in the brain while the remaining are secondary tumours which have spread to the brain from primary tumours at other sites of the body. Indeed around 25% of all cancers spread to the brain.
The prognosis for children diagnosed with a brain tumour is poor, with only 20% surviving beyond five years. Adults and children who do survive are left with side effects which affect them for the rest of their lives.
There is a limited capture of statistics to truly understand the extent of this disease
The many sources of information demonstrate inconsistencies
Official statistics are often two years out of date and are therefore not highlighting the increasing trends regarding what is happening now!
We rely on statistics to be captured by health professionals and groups such as the UK Children's Cancer Study Group, this does not necessarily capture all cases
Many Brain Tumour patients have other causes registered on their death certificate, which are secondary and as a result of the brain tumour's debilitating effect on the body and immune system
25% of Cancer patients, particularly adults, present with a secondary tumour in the brain
Some 100 children a year die as a result of a brain tumour
Since the 1960's cure rates for other childhood cancers have improved dramatically
Indications now suggest that brain tumours have overtaken leukaemia as the biggest killer of children under the age of 15
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