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These are our standard notes to editors, along with a list of spokespeople, downloadable statistics and facts on brain tumours.

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About The Brain Tumour Charity, Registered Charity No. 1150054 (England & Wales) SC045081 (Scotland)

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The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK's largest dedicated brain tumour charity, committed to fighting brain tumours on all fronts.

They fund pioneering research to increase survival and improve treatment options and raise awareness of the symptoms and effects of brain tumours to get earlier diagnosis and to help families cope with everything that the diagnosis of a brain tumour brings. They also provide support for everyone affected so that they can live as full a life as possible, with the best quality of life.

The Charity funds and promotes the UK-wide HeadSmart campaign, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people to make earlier diagnosis a reality. Earlier diagnosis will reduce long term disabilities and save lives. In just thee years, HeadSmart has reduced average diagnosis time from 9.1 weeks to 6.7 weeks.

Members of the Association of Medical Research Charities, The Information Standard, The Helplines Partnership and the Fundraising Standards Board.

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The Facts

  • 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 – 29 people every day
  • Almost 5,000 people lose their lives to a brain tumour each year
  • Thousands more are diagnosed with secondary brain tumours, which are not recorded
  • Brain tumours are the largest cause of preventable or treatable blindness in children
  • Brain tumours reduce life expectancy by on average 20 years – the highest of any cancer
  • Just 14% of adults survive for five years after diagnosis
  • Childhood brain tumour survivors are 10 times more likely to suffer long term disability than well children. This accounts for 20,000 additional disabled life years for all the children who are diagnosed each year
  • Research offers the only real hope of dramatic improvements in the management and treatment of brain tumours. Over £500m is spent on cancer research in the UK every year, yet less than 2% is spent on brain tumours

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Our spokespeople

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What we think

The Brain Tumour Charity campaigns on a range of topics that affect people with a brain tumour. Full list of our position statements.

Media contacts at The Brain Tumour Charity

Press office contact details (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm): 01252 237834

Out of hours media contact: 07990 828385


Polly Newton

E: T: 01252 418191

Carol Dyce

E: T: 01252 237828

Piers Townley

E: T: 01252 749991

Helena Urquhart

E: T: 01252 237834