Fight against 'chronic' underfunding of brain tumour research goes to Parliament - The Leamington Observer

Fight against 'chronic' underfunding of brain tumour research goes to Parliament

Leamington Editorial 5th Apr, 2017   0

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to change the ‘chronic’ underfunding of brain tumour research have spoken with MPs in the House of Commons.

Among them was Malcolm Boyd from Wellesbourne who lost his dad Arthur just six months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Patron of the charity Brain Tumour Research, MP John Bercow, who is also Speaker of the House of Commons, welcomed patients, families, scientists, clinicians and supporters as they campaigned for change, urging MPs to reverse the underfunding for research and improve treatments for the 60,000 people living with a brain tumour in the UK.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but only one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to the disease.

Malcolm said: “I cannot stand by without doing something to change this chronic underfunding. Even though it’s too late for Dad, I want his legacy to help find a cure for this deadly disease.

“More research is needed so fewer families will be devastated by this dreadful disease. I would love to see a day when cancer is no longer life-threatening, when the thought of cancer being a killer is history.

“We must strive to improve outcomes for patients and increase funding into brain tumour research.”

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