BRAIN tumors are on the rise in England, with a 50 per cent increase in cases since 2001.
In 2019, 9,960 people were diagnosed with the devastating cancer, compared to 6,577 18 years earlier.
The Brain Tumor Charity said the aging population means more people are at risk and high-tech scans are detecting more cases.
But medical professionals are struggling to increase survival rates, and 90 percent of patients die within five years. Brain tumors are a leading cause of cancer death in under-40s, and The Wanted singer Tom Parker died of the disease in March.
Four out of ten cases are not caught until someone is in the emergency room, at which point the chances of survival are slim.
dr David Jenkinson, the charity’s Chief Scientific Officer, said: “These worrying numbers show the urgent need for action to combat this devastating and life-changing disease.
“While brain tumors are relatively rare, the incidence has continued to rise significantly over the past two decades.
“This has not yet been matched by the tangible advances in diagnosis, treatment and survival outcomes for many other types of cancer.”
The Brain Tumor Charity launched a campaign to help people recognize warning signs such as headaches, blurred vision, seizures, balance problems, forgetfulness and speech disorders.
Rates of brain tumors per person have increased by a quarter from 14.8 per 100,000 to 18.3.
Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, brain surgeon at King’s College London, added: “Greater awareness of symptoms is crucial to ensure more people get diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible.”
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