Brain tumours continue to kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Brain tumour deaths are rising, representing 2.6% of all deaths from cancer. They kill more children than leukaemia, more men under 45 than prostate cancer and more women under 35 than breast cancer.
In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Less than 20% of brain tumour patients survive beyond five years of their diagnosis, whereas 86% of breast cancer and 51% of leukaemia patients survive beyond five years.