(OrganicJar) Brain tumors in young men and women are the leading cause of cancer death in the UK, according to research. They kill more men under 45 and women under 35 than any other cancer, reveals Brain Tumor Research. And brain tumors have overtaken leukaemia as the biggest cancer killer of children in the UK, with the number of children dying from a brain tumor in 2007, up 33% on 2001.
Brain tumors cannot be prevented because their cause is still unknown, medical experts say, explaining that research is being “forgotten” and desperately underfunded. There has been concern in recent years that the use of mobile phones might be contributing to illness.
“What is happening is that more tumors are being diagnosed, but the survival rate is staying the same,” a BTR spokeswoman told Sky News Online.
Brain tumor research currently receives less than 1% of all cancer research spent in the UK. That works out annually at £3m, out of a total £426m. Now, a new research laboratory – funded entirely by individual donations – is being opened at London’s Charing Cross Hospital with the hope of finding ways to develop better treatment for brain tumors.
“The opening of the laboratory is an important first step, but is just a drop in the ocean of what is needed,” said BTR chairman, Wendy Fulcher.
Consultant Neurosurgeon and lecturer and Imperial College Kevin O’Neill said: “Brain tumors can afflict anyone of us, increasingly the younger section of the population which has led to brain tumors causing the biggest reduction in expected lifespan than any other cancer.
“They can’t be prevented or screened for as we don’t know the cause. It is frustrating that treatment options are so limited. More research is desperately needed, but we are struggling to get funds.”
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