The statistics about brain tumours

The stats about brain tumours are shocking. We are determined to change this.

  • Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
  • Over 10,600 people are diagnosed each year with a primary brain tumour – that's 29 people every day.
  • Over 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year.
  • Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer.
  • Just 19% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis.
  • Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children.
  • Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours. Less than 2% of the £498 million invested in cancer research funding in the UK in 2014 was spent on brain tumours.