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Brain Cancer Facts

  • Every day, nine children in the U.S. are diagnosed with a brain tumour (these statistics are for the US and you can interpolate these numbers for the global population).
  • Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer death from childhood cancer, accounting for about 24 percent of cancer-related deaths in children.
  • There are more than 120 different types of brain tumours, making effective treatment very complicated.
  • Because brain tumours are located at the control centre for thought, emotion and movement, their effects on a child’s physical and cognitive abilities can be devastating.
  • Quality of life for survivors of pediatric brain tumours is influenced by the terrible long-term side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
  • The cause of most childhood cancers is unknown. Therefore, at present, these cancers cannot be prevented. Many adult cancers result from lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, occupation, and other exposure to cancer-causing agents.
  • Childhood brain cancer research is underfunded and the public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease. We estimate that governments spend several times the amount of research money per patient on most adult cancer cases than they do on children with cancer.
  • The cure rate for most brain cancers is significantly lower than that for many other types of cancer.
Children's Brain Cancer Research

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