Brain tumours on the rise in England with 50 per cent surge in cases since 2001


Brain tumours are on the rise in England with a 50 per cent surge in cases since 2001.

In 2019, 9,960 people were diagnosed with the devastating cancers compared to 6,577 18 years earlier.

The Brain Tumour Charity said the ageing population means more people are at risk and high-tech scans are detecting more cases.

But medics are struggling to boost survival rates and 90 per cent of patients die within five years. Brain tumours are a top cause of cancer death in under-40s and The Wanted singer Tom Parker died of the disease in March.

A brain tumour is a mass, or lump in the brain which is caused when brain cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled way.

But what are the signs of the serious condition and how easy are they to spot? Here’s what we know and what to look out for…

What is a brain tumour?

A brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that grow on the organ and multiply and spread in an uncontrollable way.

The growths can be benign, non-cancerous, which grow slowly and if treated are unlikely to reappear.

However, cancerous brain tumours are more serious and some can start in the brain or spread there from cancer elsewhere in the body.

Brain tumours are also graded on their seriousness, with grade one and two tumours being seen as low risk.

While grade three and four tumours are seen as high risk and likely to return after treatment.

Four in 10 cases don’t get caught until someone is in A&E, by which time survival chances are slim.

Dr David Jenkinson, chief scientific officer at the charity, said: “These worrying figures show just how urgently we need to act on this devastating and life-changing disease.

Shocking figures reveal that brain tumour cases have doubled in England since 2001 as medics struggle to boost survival rates.

“While brain tumours remain relatively rare, incidence has continued to rise significantly over the last two decades.

“This has not yet been matched by the tangible progress in diagnosis, treatment and survival outcomes seen in many other cancers.”

The Brain Tumour Charity launched a campaign to help people spot warning signs including headaches, blurred vision, seizures, balance problems, forgetfulness and trouble talking.

Rates of brain cancers per person have increased by a quarter from 14.8 per 100,000 to 18.3.

Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, a brain surgeon at King’s College London, added: “Greater awareness of the symptoms is crucial to ensuring more people receive a diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.”

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