UK: Hersentumoren nu meest frequent bij kankergevallen onder kinderen

donderdag, 14 mei 2009 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

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Bron: The Guardian, 26 april 2009

Child cancer deaths led by brain tumours

Brain tumours are the leading cause of childhood cancer deaths in Britain, with half as many more children dying from the illness as from leukaemia. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that in 2007 there were 47% more deaths from brain tumours among under-15s than from leukaemia. Yet that is not reflected in the money spent on research, say campaigners.

This week sees the launch of Brain Tumour Research, a national coalition of 14 charities, which believe that research is ''woefully underfunded''. It is backed by celebrities including the actress Sheila Hancock, whose grandson survived a tumour, and actor Martin Kemp and opera singer Russell Watson, who were both treated successfully.

Hancock, 76, the widow of actor John Thaw, saw her grandson Jack diagnosed with a rare tumour aged four. ''It is terrible to watch a grandchild go through the diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumour. You feel so helpless.'' Jack was successfully operated on.

Kevin O'Neill, a consultant neurosurgeon at Imperial College London, said: ''Brain tumours are on the increase, reportedly in the region of 2% per year. But in my unit we have seen the number of cases nearly double in the last year.'' .

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