The Facts:

  • Over 500 children and teenagers in the UK are diagnosed with brain cancer each year
  • Currently in the UK 1 child dies every 3 days of a brain tumour.
  • Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 in the UK.
  • Brain cancer accounts for 6% of all UK cancers yet receives less than 2% of national funding
  • Brain tumours are the second most common cancer in children after Leukaemia, yet children with Leukaemia have a much better chance of long term survival than children with brain cancer.
  • 9 out of 10 children and young adults with leukaemia will be alive 5 years after diagnosis, only 2 out of 10 children and young adults with brain cancer will be alive 5 years after diagnosis.
  • Dramatic improvements in the treatment of leukaemia in the 1970's and 1980's lead to brain tumours overtaking leukaemia as the most common cause of cancer deaths in children
  • Treatments for brain cancer have not changed in decades.
  • Cancer is more common in children than meningitis.
  • Click on the text below to see a Youtube presentation by Jess' consultant Dr Sophie Wilne about HeadSmart - one of the charities we support..