FIFE council announced today the adoption of the award-winning symptom campaign
The Brain Tumour Charity welcomes the news that Fife Council has unanimously adopted a motion to raise awareness of brain tumours across the Scottish region.
Councillor Ryan Smart has led this work to promote HeadSmart, an award-winning campaign which has helped to reduce diagnosis times in children and young people across the UK from 13 to 6.5 weeks.
Raising awareness of brain tumours is vital in order to ensure that they are diagnosed earlier and that people affected have as many treatment options available to them as possible.
Ryan shared the story of his brother who lost his life last year after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. During his speech at Fife Council he also shared the story of Emma Sim, a teenager who died in her parents arms after her symptoms were initially misdiagnosed.
Commenting on the decision taken to adopt the campaign in Fife, her parents, Heather and Graeme said: “We are so touched that Emma's story was a key a part in Fife Council's landmark decision to play such a huge role in raising awareness of The Brain Tumour Charity's vital HeadSmart campaign.
“Emma was beautiful outside and inside – not a day goes by that we don't miss her. If sharing our precious girl's story helps to save just one family our heartache, it's worth it."
Fife Council will support us to share the signs and symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people – raising awareness of the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
Cameron Miller, our Head of Policy & Public Affairs, said: “We will continue to fight for communities in Scotland and ensure that brain tumours are diagnosed earlier.
“We are so delighted that Ryan and his colleagues at Fife Council have taken this momentous step forwards which will have a huge impact on the lives of children and young people in Scotland."