Brain Tumour Facts
Brain Tumours are the Leading Cause of Cancer-Related Death in Children.
About Childhood Cancer and Brain Tumours:
- Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children in North America, surpassing leukemia.
- Brain tumours in children can be non-cancerous but this does not mean that they are less serious in nature.
- More children die from cancer than any other disease combined.
- Unlike adult cancers, the causes of most childhood cancers are still unknown and are not related to lifestyle and environmental risk factors.
- Brain tumours in children are very different from those in adults and treatment needs be customized to lessen the effects on their growing minds and bodies.
- In children, cancer often grows more quickly and spreads to other areas in the body faster.
- In Canada, it is estimated that 1700 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, the majority of whom are under the age of 5. One in four are diagnosed with a brain tumour. These children join the thousands already in treatment across the country.
- Given the life years lost, childhood cancer research is drastically underfunded. Only 3% of the Canadian government’s cancer funding reaches research dedicated to childhood cancers.
- Scientists researching childhood cancers and potential treatments, rely on private funds to get their promising studies off the ground.
- In the past 45 years, only three new drugs have been developed for the treatment of childhood cancers.
Long Term Effects:
- More than any other cancer, brain tumors can have lasting and life-altering physical, cognitive, and psychological impacts on a child’s life.
- By the time they turn 45 the estimated 30,000 childhood cancer survivors in Canada, will have chronic health problems and 80% will have severe or life-threatening conditions.
- In 2009 in the U.S., it was estimated that a total of 47,631.5 years of potential life were lost due to a child succumbing to a brain tumour.
Childhood Cancer and the Family:
- A child’s treatment regimen can last for years having a devastating effect on a family’s emotional, physical and financial well-being.
- A childhood cancer diagnosis affects not only the child but parents, siblings, extended family, friends and whole communities.
- About one-quarter of families of children being treated for cancer will lose more than 40 percent of their total household income.
- The loss of a child can have devastating effects on all family members, extended family and an entire community.
Meagan's Walk is dedicated to:
- Funding initiatives that bring the top brain tumour experts all over the world, together to share knowledge and to collaborate on research.
- Funding research that will uncover when and how genetic mutations arise to cause brain tumours in children.
- Funding research into new, less toxic treatments for children with brain tumours, helping them live healthier lives.
- Bringing awareness and hope to these young patients and the families who love and care for them.
- Hosting Meagan’s Walk and Hug every Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend where survivors, patients, bereaved families, caregivers and researchers can come together to form our Circle of Hope. Learn more about our signature event here.
Read about Meagan's Walk Funded Research here.
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Childhood Cancer Canada Foundation
Ontario Parents Advocating Against Childhood Cancer
Kids Cancer Care Alberta
Dana-Farber / Boston Children’s Cancer Centre
Canadian Cancer Action Network
National Brain Tumour Society
The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre